Compensation for Deafness and Tinnitus


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Thursday 5 April 2018


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Tinnitus and hearing damage claims 

If you are affected by hearing loss or tinnitus and the cause was not your fault, then Accident Line Direct can manage the legal process required to get you financial remuneration.

Accident Line Direct are a swansea based company and can help with tinnitus and hearing damage calimes in Wales - however we help people make claims across the UK. 

Deafness can be partial or complete and often worsens through stages of hearing loss. If you have experienced loud sound exposure at work and were not provided with or trained in proper protective techniques then you are within your rights to make a claim. Personal Injury Solicitors aim to reinstate your life to the way it was before the accident or injury occurred. Although a solicitor may not be able to give you your hearing back, they can provide you with a pay-out that can contribute towards your recovery and reimburse any financial losses caused by your hearing loss. 

Industrial deafness compensation amounts are calculated on a basis of pain and suffering and how the deafness and tinnitus has affected the persons life. Hearling loss claim amounts are usually found in the following categories;

Partial hearing loss on its own or with tinnitus can result in payouts of between £5,870 to £36,310.

Complete hearing loss in one ear (unilateral) is typically awarded between £24,950 to £36,310.

Total hearing loss (bilateral) gets the maximum compensation amounts of £72,330 to £87,410.

Here are the full guideline payout amounts for tinnitus and deafness are: 

Severity Compensation
Impairment of Taste and Smell£15,300 to £31,220
Partial Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus£5,870 to £36,310
Total Loss of Hearing in One Ear£24,950 to £36,310
Total Deafness£72,330 to £87,410
Total Deafness and Loss of Speech£87,410 to £112,100

Occupations at risk

The HSE have defined some of the following industries as having the most at risk roles;

  • Entertainment industry
  • Construction industry
  • Instillation industry
  • Agricultural industry
  • Mining Industry
  • Telesales

If you work in an environment with consistently high noise levels, it could be contributing to your deafness, hearing loss or tinnitus.

Causes of tinnitus and deafness

It is not uncommon that a sudden jerk of the head can result in damage to the senses. This is why people often claim for tinnitus after experiencing whiplash in a car accident. Compensation for tinnitus after a car accident is possible as tinnitus is linked to whiplash, along with dizzines, hearing loss and vertigo. 

Another common cause of tinnitus, other than after a car accident, is exposure to prolonged or loud noise.

Hearing loss claim amounts 

Claiming for hearing loss and deafness can result in settlement amounts in the region of £72,330 to £87,410. This could be used to financially support your recovery and adjustment to life with deafness. 

People first start to notice their hearing loss when they struggle to hear people talking to them, need to turn the TV up louder, or don’t hear things like the telephone ringing

The HSE reported recently that there are over 18,000 new cases of Noise Induced Hearing Loss each year. The Control of Noise at Work Legislation (2005) serves to protect employees from excessive levels of noise at work. If your employer failed to identify risks and to put protection or prevention methods in place, then they have acted negligently toward you. This is because the liability of care lies with the employer and a Personal Injury Solicitor will seek to show that the employer broke that duty of care.

Can I claim for Tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be unilateral (one ear) or bilateral (both ears) and is typically defined by a ringing in the ear, although other noises can include buzzing, hissing, humming or whistling.

Suffering from tinnitus can be mentally exhausting, distracting and draining. Many sufferers report the negative impacts tinnitus has on their quality of life, such as insomnia, and seek treatment to alleviate their symptoms.

Those working in noisy occupations may be more prone to tinnitus, however you shouldn't accept this as an occupational hazard. 

The HSE found, in a report investigating noise exposure at work, that there was a significantly higher rate of tinnitus in workers exposed to high noise levels at work than those who were not. It is important to remember that your employer owes you a duty of care and this means ensuring your wellbeing and health are not adversely affected by your job. Using a solicitor to pursue a deafness or tinnitus claim could greatly increase your chances of a successful claim, mostly due to our solicitors experience and knowledge of such cases.

Making a claim

When seeking compensation for hearing loss and tinnitus a solicitor will need to provide evidence that your deafness, hearing loss or tinnitus was the direct cause of someone else’s negligence. This could have been caused by a breach in duty of care or by an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Once the solicitor has established that you were owed a duty of care and someone acted negligently, directly causing or contributing to your hearing damage, then a claim can be concluded successfully.

It’s always important that you choose the right solicitor in order to receive the maximum compensation amount you are entitled too. Accident Line Direct are able to provide obligation free advice to everyone who calls us with a relevant case they would like to discuss. We do not charge for an initial quote and provide an Injury Payout Guide on our website for anyone looking for a quick estimate in relation to their injury. Cases are often more complicated than the may originally seem so we advise speaking to a professional. Contact us today for free, we are here to help.

 

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