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Deafness & Hearing Problems – Can I Claim Compensation?

Deafness and hearing problems occur as a result of an individual incident or occur gradually. It can take many years, with sufferers often in their retirement, before significant hearing problems arise.

Many people put their problems down to general ageing, rather than making the link with their work many years before. Hearing loss is generally irreversible and hearing aids are usually the only way to help with the condition.

It is important that you take action to bring a case as soon as possible and within 3 years of the date of knowledge of your injury (this is the date on which you become aware of your symptoms and that they may be related to a your work)

If you suspect your hearing is damaged, you should visit your GP and ask for a hearing test. This will be carried out by your GP or by an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist.

You receive 100% of any compensation. Your legal fees will generally be covered by an employer’s policy of insurance. Don’t delay, call Stewarts now.

Examples of claims are:-

You may have suffered and injury as a result of being exposed to excessive noise during training or active service due to a lack of any or adequate hearing protection.

This is caused by long-term exposure to noise. The first symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss may include missing parts of a conversation or not being able to hear conversation where there is background noise. Noise-induced tinnitus can be the result of damage caused by excessive noise and is characterised by the sound of buzzing. There’s no cure for tinnitus, but very bad cases can be helped by using a ‘masking’ device which lessens the intensity of the buzzing.

Acoustic Shock is the term used for hearing related problems caused by high frequency, high intensity sounds through a telephone headset. This could affect call centre staff or telephone engineers.

A Successful Hearing Loss Claim Must:

  • Establish that you are suffering from industrial deafness and/or tinnitus, confirmed by a report from a medical expert.

  • Show that the condition has been caused by exposure to a particular noise source

  • Show that at the time of exposure your employer could have foreseen that you might suffer from noise induced hearing loss or an associated condition.

  • Show that your employer was negligent in protecting you from the noise.

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