It is not just the obvious dangerous working environments which present risks to employees. Workplaces with high noise levels bring their own hazards to workers’ health. Without adequate protection or safeguards, people working in such conditions can suffer from debilitating hearing problems. If you develop industrial deafness or other hearing difficulties – as a result of your employer failing to do all that is reasonable to protect your well-being – you may be able to claim compensation.
At Truth Legal, our specialist personal injury solicitors will work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve. We pride ourselves on delivering an ethical, honest, and efficient service, working collaboratively with you to get the good result that you deserve.
What is industrial deafness?
Industrial deafness can refer to any complete or partial hearing loss developed as a result of exposure to loud noise at work. It may be temporary or permanent and may affect hearing in one or both of your ears.
It is sometimes referred to as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) or occupational deafness. It may develop as a result of long-term exposure or the symptoms can come on suddenly after only a short period.
Other damage, which a loud working environment may cause, includes:
- Acoustic trauma (or acoustic shock) – This is an injury to the inner ear, usually caused by an extremely loud noise. It can also be brought on by a trauma to the head. The most common effects of acoustic trauma are hearing loss, and a reduction in the range of your hearing at different frequencies.
- Tinnitus – This is a ringing or buzzing noise in one or both ears. For many people, this can be a temporary effect of exposure to loud noise which soon subsides, however, if damage has been done to your hearing it can be long-lasting or even permanent.
Fortunately, instances of work-related hearing loss have been falling in recent years. This is thanks in part to increased regulation and a greater understanding of the damage that excessive noise can do. However, industrial deafness may sometimes take many years to manifest. If you have been affected it can have a significant impact on your quality of life.
Claim compensation for industrial deafness with Truth Legal
It is important to ensure you have specialist solicitors, not unqualified paralegals, acting for you in your claim. Our friendly team of solicitors have successfully resolved thousands of cases in their careers.
We are based in Harrogate with presences in York, Manchester, and London. We would like to sit down with you for a free, no-obligation consultation and to discuss any ways in which we can help you. Alternatively, we can speak with you over the telephone.
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Something to bear in mind is that you are always entitled to instruct whichever firm of solicitors you choose. This means if you have already started a claim with another firm you can transfer your case to us.
If you are not getting the service you deserve, perhaps because your legal representatives are unqualified, too busy, or lack specialist understanding of industrial deafness claims, you should consider switching or changing solicitors to Truth Legal.
Making a claim for industrial deafness
Employers owe a duty of care to their workers. As part of that duty they must do all that is reasonable to safeguard their workers’ health, especially when their work involves exposure to conditions which could be harmful.
Industrial deafness claims can be brought against your employer and/or their insurers at the time of the exposure. This allows compensation to be pursued even if your former employer is no longer in business.
In order for an industrial deafness claim to be successful, you must prove that:
- You are suffering from a hearing loss condition;
- This was as a result of exposure to noise during the course of your employment rather than any other cause; and
- Your employer at the time:
- could have reasonably anticipated the risks of your exposure to the excessive noise; and
- did not take reasonable steps to ensure your safety.
Whilst these might sound difficult requirements, at Truth Legal we have extensive experience of industrial disease claims such as Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) claims. We will guide and advise you every step of the way.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 set standards for noise levels which are considered to be dangerous. They require employers to monitor noise levels and take action if certain thresholds are reached. Suggested action includes:
- Providing workers with appropriate safety equipment.
- Introducing working practices to minimise prolonged exposure to noise.
- Appropriate training for workers.
- Using equipment which generates less noise.
If employers have not met their duties under these regulations, and you have suffered your industrial deafness as a result, this will form a strong basis for a claim.
Another crucial part of your claim is diagnosis of your hearing condition. We will arrange reports from suitable medical experts to ascertain whether a condition has been caused by exposure to excessive noise at work.
Find out more about making an industrial deafness claim
For more information on industrial deafness/NIHL claims, or if you would like to discuss your case, contact us today. We are more than happy to speak to you in detail in a free consultation, with no obligation to proceed further.
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All personal injury claims are restricted by certain timescales. In most situations, claims can only be started within 3 years of the incident which caused the injury.
In industrial deafness claims, however, it may be unclear when your injury occurred. Symptoms may appear some time after the exposure which caused them. In these situations, a 3-year time limit will run instead from the date when you first had knowledge, or ought to have had knowledge, of the harm you had suffered. This may be when you are diagnosed with your condition, in which case the 3-year time limit would begin from your date of diagnosis.
If you are worried at all about time limits in your case, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Truth Legal will usually conduct your claim on the basis of a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement in cases where you were not to blame. In almost all situations, this means you will not have to pay our fees if we do not succeed in securing compensation for you.
If we are successful, some of our fees will be deducted from your compensation award. Most fees, however, are recovered from the other party (or more commonly their insurers). This is how No Win No Fee Agreements usually operate.
If you have any questions about funding your claim, please contact us so that we can explain matters further.