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Industrial deafness, also known as Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), is a condition that affects many people who work in excessively noisy environments. If you have been exposed to loud noise over prolonged periods of time and are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, you may be entitled to compensation. In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about making an occupational deafness compensation claim.
Deafness is a condition caused by exposure to loud noise over a prolonged period of time. Employers have a duty of care to their employees, and this extends to taking measures to prevent them from suffering any kind of hearing loss. These measures could include installing soundproofing, changing up your tasks so that you are not constantly around the noise, and even providing ear defenders.
Some types of industrial/ occupational deafness include permanent loss of hearing, acoustic trauma/shock, temporary loss of hearing, and tinnitus.
To make a successful claim, you must establish that your employer was negligent and breached their duty of care in the workplace. An employer can be negligent if they did not provide any protection and/or noise-reducing strategies for high noise levels, failed to adequately monitor noise levels in the workplace, or failed to consider your concerns about the risk to your hearing.
To support your claim, it is important to gather evidence such as CCTV footage and witness statements from colleagues. A medical professional’s diagnosis of your injuries is also important for gaining compensation for your condition.
Compensation for deafness claims is usually split into two types of damages: general damages and special damages. The compensation amount varies depending on the severity of your condition. The Judicial College provides approximates for the compensation you could receive in an industrial deafness claim.
Most people have three years to make an occupational deafness compensation claim. However, the length of time it takes to make a claim depends on individual circumstances and whether the employer admits full responsibility.
At Primus Solicitors, we handle the majority of all our personal injury compensation cases on a No Win No Fee basis. We are specialist medical negligence solicitors and experts in industrial/ occupational deafness compensation claims, clinical negligence claims, medical malpractice, and dental negligence claims, as well as care home negligence and cosmetic surgery compensation claims.
If you are experiencing symptoms of deafness because your employer failed in their responsibility and was negligent, then you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today to speak to one of our medical negligence specialists about your claim.
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