In many manual jobs, loud noises are part and parcel of work. However, exposure to loud noises over several years could take its toll on anyone’s hearing, eventually leading to industrial deafness. It can have a serious impact, and the early stages can often be mistaken for tinnitus.
Statistics from 2012 revealed there were around 18,000 people suffering from noise-induced hearing loss. Although industrial deafness cases are rare, when they happen, the damage is largely irreversible. With our help, we can work with you to seek the justice and compensation you derserve.
What is industrial deafness?
It’s where hearing is impaired or lost completely through working in heavy industry without any form of protective headgear to wear. Causes of industrial deafness include:
- Constant noise in factories or recycling facilities
- Intrusive noise being a problem for more than half a day, such as that from vacuum cleaners
- Constant use of heavy machinery that often makes a lot of noise
- Not being given adequate protection for the ears e.g. protective headphones
- Explosions or sudden loud noises, as heard in the construction industry
Early signs of industrial deafness may be identified as tinnitus, largely because of the ringing sound. However, these signs can gradually morph into industrial hearing problems.
Who can I claim against?
In just about every case, the employer is at fault for industrial deafness. It is their duty to ensure all workers are protected from illness and injury and should provide them with ear defenders or something similar to help cancel out any intrusive noise.
Exactly how much you’ll receive depends on the injury. For hearing loss in one ear, you could claim between £22,350 and £32,500. Total deafness could mean a minimum of £64,800 and a maximum of around £78,300, while occasional or mild tinnitus could see between £5,300 and £10,600 in compensation.
How long do I have to make a claim?
For industrial deafness claims, you have a maximum of three years from when the first symptoms became apparent. Any claim made within this window of time will be valid, although special circumstances could allow for one to be filed beyond the time limit.
I’ve been a victim of industrial deafness… What should I do?
If you’re suffering from industrial deafness, it could be possible to make a compensation claim. You can start by:
- Sending a letter to us, requesting a call-back or filling in our online claim form
- One of our solicitors will then give you a ring at a convenient time to talk through your claim
- Following the call, the solicitor will send a letter on your behalf to your employer, asking them to accept or reject the claim
- If they accept, compensation will be agreed promptly, while in the event of rejection, your solicitor will find another way to help
How long it’ll take for the claim to resolve often depends on the severity and complexity of the case. But if you make a claim on a No Win, No Fee basis, you can rest assured you won’t be charged a penny.