Seth Lovis & Co solicitors for industrial deafness in London can help you achieve the fullest possible compensation for any hearing loss, tinnitus or acoustic shock caused by unacceptable conditions in your workplace. For more information about how we may be able to help you secure a payout for your losses, expenses, and pain and suffering, call 0808 252 0678 to speak with our personal injury lawyers today.
Industrial deafness in the United Kingdom
The best source of data in relation to new claims for work-related industrial deafness is collated by the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme (IIDB).
In 2013 there were 120 new claims; this was a fall on the 125 received in 2012 and the 150 received in 2011. This is in keeping with a steady decline over the past ten years.
However, it is interesting to note that of the 2,320 new claims made during the period, only 20 (1%) have been made by women. This is because the vast majority of workers in noise-hazardous jobs – for example, construction, manufacturing demolition, road repair, woodworking, plastics processing and engineering – are men. However, this still does not completely explain the large gender discrepancy.
It is important to note that these IIDB claims do not account for the many civil compensation claims made with solicitors for industrial deafness in London and elsewhere in the country; indeed, it is thought that during 2012 around 40,000 such claims were made.
Industrial deafness claims
Exposure to excessive levels of noise in the workplace can have an adverse impact on hearing capacity. This, ultimately, can lead to industrial deafness (also called Noise Induced Hearing Loss, NIHL).
Continuous exposure to excessive noise levels can cause long-term and irreversible damage, most often to the higher frequency ranges of hearing. Furthermore, it may also result in other debilitating hearing-related conditions such as tinnitus.
For the majority of industrial deafness claimants , damage will accrue gradually over a period of longer-term and excessive noise exposure; however, in cases of sudden and significantly excessive loud noise, acoustic shock may occur, resulting in sudden and traumatic hearing loss.
Signs you may have industrial deafness
It is possible you might have developed industrial deafness if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- You miss aspects of conversations
- You struggle in environments where there is background noise
- You often miss the telephone or doorbell
- You have the telephone or radio turned up to a volume others find excessive
Solicitors for industrial deafness in London
For advice and information regarding your possible right to compensation for noise induced hearing loss, contact our solicitors for industrial deafness in London by calling 0808 252 0678.