If you've been exposed to excessive amounts of noise in the workplace, you might be at risk of developing industrial deafness. Yet, if you have trouble hearing others speak or suffer from ringing in your ears, you could already be entitled to claim compensation for this recognised industrial disease.
To find out more information about pursuing damages, speak to one of our solicitors today.
Am I at risk of industrial deafness?
You could be at risk of developing work-related hearing loss if you're employed in a traditionally noisy industry. According to the Health and Safety Executive, these professions include:
However, please be aware that this list is not exhaustive. Potentially, any occupation could place workers in danger if they have to use noisy machinery for more than 30 minutes each day or need to shout in order to have a conversation at close range.
Have I suffered noise-induced hearing loss?
There are many symptoms associated with noise-induced deafness – and some of these are listed below:
- You struggle to hear the television and increase the volume to compensate. Your loved ones might complain about the excessive noise.
- You have problems hearing conversations and regularly ask people to repeat themselves.
- You experience tinnitus – a condition which causes sufferers to perceive a ringing, whistling, or buzzing noise in their ears.
If you have developed any of the symptoms mentioned above, and previously worked in very loud environments, one of our industrial deafness lawyers could help you make a claim for compensation.
How much compensation could I receive?
When considering hearing loss compensation, the term 'deafness' is used to describe either total or partial hearing loss. Depending on the extent of the damage, claimants could be entitled to receive varying amounts of remuneration. For example:
- Total deafness can lead to settlements between £70,000 and £90,000.
- Total loss of hearing in one ear can result in settlements between £20,000 and £29,000.
- Those who suffer from severe tinnitus can expect to receive between £19,000 and £29,000 in compensation.
- Settlements for relatively minor tinnitus can be between £4,750 and £8,000.
Have you been affected by industrial deafness?
Every year, numerous employees attempt to obtain deafness compensation for conditions caused by excessively noisy workplaces. In fact one law firm estimated that, during 2011, approximately 35,000 of these claims were made.
To find out if you are also entitled to receive damages, please contact our industrial deafness lawyers today and a member of our team will offer you a free initial consultation on your claim. Please phone us on 0370 218 4025 or submit an online enquiry form.