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If you have been affected by noise-induced hearing loss, you can file for noise hearing loss compensation claims. Noise-induced hearing loss is a term that includes many hearing loss related conditions. The damage typically occurs gradually. With passing time, the sounds get blurred and it becomes difficult to hear other people’s voices clearly. The noise hearing loss can also increase with age and that’s when an external hearing device becomes important to amplify the voice and hear it clearly. Due to hearing loss conditions, it becomes very tough to communicate and perform daily chores.
There can be many hearing loss conditions like
Acoustic shock syndrome – When a sudden, intense shock causes damage to the ear through an explosion nearby, it’s called Acoustic shock syndrome. Hearing high-intensity sounds through a headset can also cause this.
Tinnitus – This involves a ringing or whistles like sound in one or both ears.
Occupational deafness – Due to industrial noise or work-related noise exposure, permanent cell damage occurs to the inner ear. This results in partial or complete deafness.
Exposure to noise at work is the biggest cause of deafness among adults. As per records, an estimated 18,000 people have noise-induced hearing loss caused by their work environment. There are hundreds of new claims made for hearing loss compensation. Anyone who has suffered noise-induced hearing loss as a result of their work can claim hearing loss compensation.
Noise-induced hearing loss occurs most commonly in people working in environments where the noise levels are over 81dBA. For example, a DJ working all night in high decibel noise on daily basis. Exposure to this much high-level noise over time can lead to permanent hearing loss or reduced hearing capability. The effects are usually irreversible.
Workers working in Mining, Engineering, Construction, Car manufacturing, Shipyards, Road drilling, etc are higher of having hearing loss impairments.
The hearing loss claim should be filed within three years of the first diagnosis. You have to also make sure that someone else is responsible for your loss of hearing. The good thing is, even if these two points don't apply to you, you can still be able to make a claim. Consulting an expert personal injury lawyer can be very helpful in deciding your claim.
As per the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, all employers have a duty of care to protect staff from noise-induced hearing loss at the workplace. The employer has to ensure preventive measures to avoid hearing loss as per the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. This regulation intends to protect your hearing from high and continuous noise at work. The employers have to carry out an extensive risk assessment of the noise levels in the work environment to comply with the regulations. The employers have to ensure that the noise remains within the legal limit of 80 to 85 decibels, any spike must trigger an action to reduce it. The employers may need to use quieter machinery, installation of sound barriers, and absorbent materials. If the noise is unavoidable, the employer must shorten the exposure to high noise by shortening the working hours of the employees. Moreover, the employer must provide earplugs to protect workers from any hearing loss.
If an employer ignores the risks or implements inappropriate safety measures can be deemed negligent and therefore liable for hearing loss compensation claims.
The compensation amount will depend on the extent of your injury, and any financial losses or costs you have incurred. While filing the claim, your personal injury lawyer will consider how the loss of hearing has impacted your life. Your solicitor will take into account all the factors and help calculate the correct compensation claim to make for you.
The damages can be defined in two categories: - 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering, and loss of amenity. Judicial College has published guidelines for the compensation for the general damages in the personal injury claims.
Special damages are for the loss of earnings, future medical expenses, financial losses, and expenses you have incurred as a result of the loss of hearing.
We offer no win, no fee agreement to our clients. This means you need to pay our fee only after you win your compensation. We charge from the compensation amount you receive. Hence, there is absolutely no financial risk in making a noise-induced hearing loss claim
Our personal injury solicitor will handle your hearing loss claim right from the beginning until the financial settlement. Your solicitor will also coordinate with other specialists to help you with getting interim payments before the actual settlement happens while you are unable to work. He will also help you get advice on personal injury trusts, tax, and welfare benefits. He will also help in Coordinating with rehabilitation providers and therapists