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What is Industrial Deafness?

Industrial deafness basically refers to hearing loss induced by prolonged exposure to noise in the workplace. The hearing can be temporary or permanent, depending on the level of affliction. It may also come with other conditions like tinnitus, a condition whereby one actually seems to hear noise in the background when there is none.

Fortunately, there is a way to get compensation for this misfortune should it happen to you. People suffering from such a condition are able to make industrial deafness claims and get compensation for the affliction. 

How Much Compensation Can I Claim for Industrial Deafness?

The amount due to you for your claim will depend on the extent to which you are afflicted. To determine this, several factors will be taken to account. To begin with, the extent of the hearing loss will be measured. It can affect either one or both ears. It may also be temporary or permanent. Other conditions like tinnitus will also have a significant value on the amount due to you.

Generally, one should expect about £50,000 to £70,000 for total loss hearing in both ears. Complete deafness in one of the ears on the other hand will see you get about £19,000 to £30,000 depending on whether tinnitus has also been acquired as a result of the loud noise. Partial hearing loss can also be compensated for about £4,000 to £8,000.

How Will I Know If I Have Industrial Deafness?

Seeing as it is this condition is acquired from prolonged exposure to noise in the working place, it may be hard for those affected to notice anything odd. However, there are some signs to look out for to tell whether you are indeed suffering from this condition. For instance, If you often struggle to get what another person is saying, or fail to hear some parts of the speech at all, then you may very well be suffering from industrial deafness.

This may especially be true if you work in an environment where the noise level exceeds 80DB. It may also see you finding it necessary to turn up the TV or radio volume just to get the conversation. A sign that you are suffering from tinnitus will be hallucinating background noises which are not present.

Is Tylers a No-Win, No-Fee Industrial Deafness Solicitors?

If your company’s insurance is obligated to pay your solicitor’s fee, then you can regard yourself as a no-win-no-fee solicitor. Services offered for industrial deafness claims, just like any other legal claims, come at a price. As such, the victim will be expected to pay the solicitor a certain amount regardless of whether the claim is successfully settled or not. However, a no-win-no-fee solicitor pays nothing for the services, regardless of whether the claim is a success or not. 

Where Can I Find More Information On Industrial Deafness?

While some solicitors are just out for the money, those with the client’s interests at heart endeavour to educate the people about industrial deafness. As such, a competent solicitor will be able to offer you all the information you may be looking for, including the health as well as the financial impacts it can have on you.

How Can I Make an Industrial Deafness Compensation Claim?

Industrial deafness claims are made in several steps. The victim first has to be diagnosed. For this to be done, all you have to do is visit an audiologist who will then run the necessary tests to determine whether indeed you suffer from hearing damage. The audiologist is then expected to issue you with a written letter confirming the same.

You will also be required to gather written statements from co-workers stating that there is indeed too much noise at your workplace. You will also need a written document from your employer detailing the exact conditions of the workplace, and of course confirming a high level of noise.

Finally, you must show that your employer was aware of the working conditions and their negative effects, but never took necessary steps to protect you, basically negligence. Most of this work can, however, be left to the solicitor. 

Is There an industrial Deafness Test That I Can Take?

While there are laid down tests for hearing loss, there are tests to see whether your hearing loss is indeed industrial deafness. However, the latter have to be backed up by the former. You can first visit an audiologist to run the necessary steps to find out whether you are indeed suffering from hearing damage. If the results come out positive, you now need to show whether it is industrial deafness or not.

There are several tests for this. The easiest one is determining the level of noise in your working place. If you find it necessary to shout to be heard by a colleague just 2 or 1 meter away from you, then the noise level is very likely above 80dB, and you are at risk or suffering from, industrial deafness. 

Who Can Make a Claim For Industrial Deafness Compensation?

Anybody who feels affected by the constant exposure to loud noise in the workplace can make industrial deafness claims. All you have to do is follow the necessary steps and make use of a competent solicitor. 

How Is Industrial Deafness Normally Diagnosed?

The industrial deafness diagnosis procedure will be carried out by an audiologist. The audiologist will seek to find out whether only one or both ears are affected. This will be followed by a test of the extent to which the effects are felt. 

Where Can I Get An Industrial Deafness Compensation Claims Form?

To file for industrial deafness, all you need to do is consult a solicitor. The solicitor will then issue you with a form where you can officially make your claim. Some of the information you will be required to provide will include the following:

  • Your name and email address.
  • Your phone number.
  • Your injury claim and a brief explanation of the situation as a whole.

These forms can, in fact, be filled out from the comfort of your home if your solicitor offers the services online as well. 

What Causes Industrial Deafness?

Industrial deafness is caused by prolonged exposure to loud noise in the workplace. Fortunately, this is a problem that can be easily tackled by wearing hearing protection.

This is a condition that employees in an organisation suffer from over a prolonged period of time because of them not being provided with the right equipment at work.

You are likely to suffer from deafness when working within an organisation where there is a high level of noise and no ear protection had been provided for yourself as an option to use so you don’t suffer any health problems.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 Act was formed to protect workers from having to suffer from high levels of noise in the organisation that they work for. Therefore, the rate of employees in an organisation that complain about deafness has reduced dramatically. Industries where high levels of noise will take place:

  • Engineering
  • Mining
  • Quarrying
  • Factories

Can I Claim For Suffering Industrial Deafness?

Do you find yourself struggling to hear after coming home from working in a noisy environment? Then you may be entitled to compensation. If you have worked for an organisation where the noise levels are high and you have not been provided protection for your ears, the organisation have not followed the rules and regulations of the Act above. Therefore, you should call our team to inform us about your situation, so we can fully understand your case when we claim for the compensation that you deserve.

Need more information? Don’t worry, Lee Kirton or one of our other professional claims solicitors will advise you along the way

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