Dealing with Industrial Deafness
It is estimated that nearly a quarter of a million workers in the UK suffer from some form of hearing problems as a result of working in noisy environments.
Industrial deafness, also referred to as occupational deafness or noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), is the deterioration of a person’s hearing over a prolonged period of time as a symptom of their working environment or from a one-off loud event.
Types of Industrial Deafness
There are several types of industrial deafness, with varying degrees of severity. These are:
- Temporary loss of hearing – this is where a sufferer experiences some amount of hearing loss within a few hours of being in close proximity to a constant loud noise, sufferers will usually hear slightly muffled or dull noises
- Permanent loss of hearing – this usually occurs when a worker has been exposed to high levels of constant noise without adequate protection over several years, sufferers will struggle to hear normal conversation
- Acoustic trauma – also known as acoustic shock, acoustic trauma can occur when a worker is subjected to extremely loud noises such as explosions, causing injuries such as perforated eardrums
- Tinnitus – caused by exposure to loud noises over a prolonged period of time in the workplace, tinnitus typically includes a buzzing or ringing in the ears and is most common in construction and factory workers.
Your Employer’s Responsibility
Under the Noise at Work Act 1989 employers must ensure they provide their employees with reasonable protection against excessive noise levels. Very often this has not been done allowing people who are affected to claim compensation.
If you have worked in a noisy environment and have experienced any of the types of industrial deafness listed above, you may be entitled to compensation.
There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury compensation claim, including occupational or industrial deafness. Our expert team of industrial deafness solicitors are on hand to provide quick and personal advice on any industrial deafness claim.
Industrial Deafness Claim Case Study
We have successfully pursued a claim for a client suffering with deafness and tinnitus in both ears.
Our client’s hearing became damaged while employed as a road worker by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council during the 1960s and 1970s. As a HGV and JCB driver, he was exposed to prolonged engine noise, as well as unsafe levels of noise from jack hammers, drills and vibrator rollers, all without the proper protection.
After making a claim against his employers, he received £6,000 in damages for the suffering he went through caused by industrial deafness.
Do you have an Industrial Deafness Claim?
If you believe you are suffering from a form of industrial deafness, caused by working in a noisy environment, speak to one of our expert industrial deafness solicitors today and get the compensation you deserve.
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