Compensation for Deafness and Tinnitus


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Thursday 5 April 2018


Loud Noise

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.

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. 

Guideline payout amounts for tinnitus and deafness are: 

Severity Compensation

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

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

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.

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.

MAKING A CLAIM

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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