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A Guide To Tinnitus Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

tinnitus compensation claimsBy Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 9th August 2021. Welcome to our tinnitus accident claims guide. At Legal Expert, we can connect you with our own specialist personal injury solicitors who can help you make no win no fee tinnitus compensation claims.

Tinnitus commonly presents as either a high-pitched ringing sound or a humming or buzzing in the ears. Tinnitus is a condition which many people have experienced at some point. This could have occurred after visiting a loud concert or another venue. This type of tinnitus will often disappear in a short period of time, such as by the next morning.

However, if a person is regularly exposed to excessive noise levels, this exposure can result in a significant hearing loss. Over time, this can lead to symptoms such as permanent tinnitus sounds and hearing losses. If your work has caused this tinnitus and/or hearing loss, you may be able to make a tinnitus compensation claim. We can help you recover the compensation and damages you deserve via tinnitus accident claims.

A compensation claim for tinnitus is generally made against a current or former employer. It will generally include damages that are caused by exposure to excessive noises in a working environment. Tinnitus claims can also sometimes form part of a compensation claim for industrial deafness.

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What Is Tinnitus?

According to statistics produced by the BTA or British Tinnitus Association, 10% of adults in the UK will have been affected by tinnitus at some point. Tinnitus is defined as the sensation of hearing one of several sounds such as buzzing, ringing, hissing, whistling or chirping in the ear, independent from any outside sounds. Depending on the person’s condition, this sound can be either continuous or it can be intermittent. Tinnitus can become worse when background noise is low. This is because it can be much easier for the person to hear and focus on the sounds. If you suffer from tinnitus, you may find that you become more aware of the sounds when you are alone, in a quiet room or at night when trying to sleep. Rarer causes include pulsatile or heart tinnitus. This is where the sound beats in sync with your own pulse.

Further details

Tinnitus is often linked to other conditions such as a loss of hearing, diabetes or ear infections. Tinnitus, however, does not cause hearing loss and hearing loss is not caused by tinnitus. Some people who have tinnitus do not experience any hearing loss or difficulty. Some people with it can develop hyperacusis or an acute sensitivity to sound. Those affected have to take steps to mask or muffle external noises.

Whilst many cases of tinnitus can be caused by excessive noise, blockages can also cause it in the ear or even certain infections. Most commonly, it is caused by exposure to excessively loud noises. If this was the result of medical negligence on the part of your employer, you could be able to make a workplace compensation claim. You can also make tinnitus compensation claims if your symptoms were caused by a venue owner playing music at a dangerously high volume or if your GP or other doctor has prescribed the wrong medication. Please speak to us if you have any questions about filing tinnitus accident claims after exposure to loud noises.

What Are The Symptoms Of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a wide-ranging condition and can present in a variety of different ways for claimants. General symptoms are noise in the ear, which is either continuous or intermittent. Generally, for most cases of tinnitus, the only person who will be able to hear the sound is the person suffering from tinnitus. In some rarer cases, a doctor examining the person may also hear the sound when using a stethoscope in the person’s ear. This is called objective tinnitus. If you experience any of the symptoms below, you should contact your GP and book an examination;

  • Tinnitus which presents with dizziness.
  • If the tinnitus is also painful, or if there is drainage from the ear.

These could also be symptomatic of other conditions such as high blood pressure, thyroid conditions or other diseases. As such, it is always a good idea to get any tinnitus to hearing and associated symptoms investigated by your GP.

Can You Claim For Tinnitus?

The constant sounds caused by tinnitus can cause problems for sufferers, such as sleep loss and even an oversensitivity to noise which could eventually lead to a complete loss of hearing. Acoustic shock or constantly being exposed to loud noises when you do not have the correct hearing protection means you could make a tinnitus compensation claim. Depending on the level of tinnitus, you may be able to make a severe or moderate tinnitus compensation.

People working in industries such as; agriculture, engineering, manufacturing, construction and building and some parts of the service industry. These workplaces can often have a high level of noise, constant volumes, are prone to acoustic shock, and have an unexpectedly loud noise. If you have suffered from tinnitus or hearing damage that has been caused in the workplace or through a lack of the correct personal protective equipment in the workplace, talk to the specialist at Legal Expert today. Carry on reading below to see a breakdown of the previous average payout for tinnitus awards.

Average Compensation Industrial Deafness Claims

Persistent exposure to excessive noise in the workplace is a very common cause of tinnitus. It can also be a leading cause of occupational or industrial deafness. The initial symptoms of hearing loss can present alongside tinnitus. If your workplace is occasionally very noisy or comes out of a noisy venue, you will experience phase change where you have a temporary ringing in the ears. Most people won’t think anything of this as it will clear up relatively soon.

The symptoms of industrial deafness begin with you noticing that you miss words or parts of a conversation. This can be especially prominent in areas there is a lot of background noise. Commonly once you start to notice some degree of hearing loss, you will also start to notice some degree of ringing in one of your ears. This could start as a sound that will come and go now and then, becoming more regular as time goes on. This can mark the beginning of tinnitus and thus bring about the condition, eventually resulting in you filing tinnitus accident claims.

Further information

Statistics from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) show that 18,000 cases of industrial deafness (also known as NIHL and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss) are diagnosed each year in the UK. The statistics show that Noise-Induced Hearing Loss most commonly occurs in high-noise environments such as energy production, manufacturing and construction. Employees in these workplaces should be provided with specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which can protect them from exposure to these noises and protect their hearing.

If you have suffered from industrial deafness due to a lack of Personal Protective Equipment or negligence on the part of your employer, you could be entitled to make an industrial deafness compensation claim. Visit our accident at work guide to see how much you can claim for hearing loss. Our solicitors can work with you to organise the specialist medical examinations. Working with your doctor, we will examine both your physical symptoms and your work history and whether you have been exposed to excessive noise.

What Should You Do If You Have Tinnitus

Below we take you through the first steps you should take if you start to notice the symptoms of either tinnitus or industrial deafness. Before you start a claim, you should look at your work history. Have you previously worked (or do you now work) in a noisy environment. If you have worked in such a workplace, then it is possible that you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against a current or former employer.

Start by keeping a diary of any hearing loss or tinnitus symptoms you are suffering. This will help both your doctor (and other medical professionals) to make a better diagnosis. A diary of your symptoms will also help your solicitor to put together a tinnitus claim. The diary can be shown as a record of when you first started experiencing symptoms.

The next step is to book an appointment with and talk to your GP to discuss your hearing loss and tinnitus symptoms. As a first step, you should visit your GP. After an initial exam, you should ask to see an audiologist for a hearing test where you will get an audiogram. If there are tinnitus or hearing loss symptoms, they should then refer you to an ENT specialist. The Ear Nose, and Throat consultant will be able to diagnose whether you are suffering from tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss.

Subsequent steps

Next, to start your claim, you need to get in contact with a solicitor who specialises in working on tinnitus or industrial deafness claims. When you start experiencing the symptoms of tinnitus or loss of hearing, you need to contact a solicitor to handle your claims case. There is usually a three year period in which you need to bring your claims case, so make sure you begin your case as soon as you notice the symptoms.

Once you notice tinnitus or hearing loss symptoms, you will have three years of starting a personal injury claim. The exposure could have happened several years ago, and often those with hearing damage or tinnitus caused by a workplace environment may not experience symptoms straight away. You will (generally) have three years from the date your symptoms emerging to make your tinnitus accident claims, even if you left the workplace many years before this.

Compensation For Tinnitus After A Car Accident

You can also claim compensation for tinnitus after a car accident. In a car, accident tinnitus can be caused either by the deployment of an airbag or through a whiplash injury. As a driver or passenger in a car involved in a crash, the deployment of an airbag can result in injuries such as ruptured eardrums and loss of equilibrium, as well as long-term (or even permanent) tinnitus. This damage is caused by the loud noise the airbag makes as it deploys or the sudden and violent contact between your head and the airbag on collision. This is also known as whiplash tinnitus.

Proving Liability In Tinnitus Compensation Claims

Whether you are looking for moderate tinnitus compensation or a larger claim, you must follow the same process. If your tinnitus claim is linked to an injury that you sustained at work, your employer can be held liable for this. You are entitled to claim all employers in the UK have a legal duty of care to provide adequate protection for their employees. This duty extends to providing the correct PPE equipment to protect employees from excessive noises.

Legislation including the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act and the 1999 Safety at Work Regulations, and The Management of Health and Safety Regulations (also 1999) all guide employers in their duty of care to employees. Specific legislation dealing with noise, tinnitus and hearing loss are detailed in the 2005 Control of Noise at Work Regulations act.

Breakdown

The relevant legislation is set out and monitored by the Health and Safety Executive and requires your employer to carry out the following steps;

  • Conduct regular and full risk assessments about the noise levels in the workplace and identify which employees/ job roles are affected by this.
  • Identify and enact all of the appropriate controls and safety measures that control the level of noise in an area. These should minimise noise and keep workplace noise below 80 – 85 decibels. Controls could be through switching to quieter machinery or using quieter processes. It can also include using sound-absorbent barriers. At a basic level, it means distributing the correct personal protective equipment for the noise level.
  • Carry out the correct training and educational procedures, teaching staff on any noise risks in their workplace. This includes providing training dangers to hearing or tinnitus. Staff should be instructed on following the correct safety processes and how to use their PPE equipment correctly.
  • Employers should also ensure there are regular healthcare checks in place to monitor all affected employees hearing.

If your employer fails to enact some or all of these steps, and if you then suffer from tinnitus and hearing loss as a result of this, they could be negligent. In these circumstances, you could be entitled to make a tinnitus compensation claim. But we can help if you have further queries when it comes to tinnitus accident claims.

No Win No Fee Tinnitus Compensation Claims

Making a tinnitus compensation claim by yourself can be expensive to pursue. You may have to hire a solicitor, making both upfront and ongoing payments for the life of the case. This can last many months and be very costly. For many people with a personal injury, the costs of pursuing a claim are prohibitive, deterring them from going to court. Those already suffering financial losses as a result of their accident may be unable to afford these fees.

This is why we offer a No Win No Fee service. This type of conditional fee agreement sets out what work we will carry out on your behalf. It details what we will do and how we receive a payment if we are successful. We will work to reclaim the money you are owed. The crucial thing with a No Win No Fee agreement is that claimant doesn’t need to make any upfront or ongoing payments for legal fees or services. If your compensation claim is unsuccessful (no win), you won’t have to make any payments towards the costs of our services (no fee). If successful, your costs are reclaimed as a part of the award. No Win No Fee agreements help those who can’t afford to pursue a case on their own.

Further details

At Legal Expert, we offer a No Win No Fee service. Put simply, this means that you will pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful. If we win your case, you won’t lose a big chunk of your award for our fee. No Win No Fee charges are set out by law, and we can not charge more than 25% of the total award so that you will receive at least 75% of the total. Contact us today to use our No Win No Fee services for your tinnitus accident claims.

Tinnitus Compensation Claim Amounts

If you have a tinnitus compensation claim due to exposure to noise in the workplace or through an accident or injury that was not your fault, there are various expenses and types of damages you can claim for. The average payout for tinnitus will vary with the nature and severity of the symptoms you are suffering.

Someone suffering from moderate tinnitus with hearing loss could receive between £12,100 to £23,980. More severe hearing loss and tinnitus cases could lead to payouts from £23,980 up to £36,850.

Compensation divides into general damages and special damages. General damages will cover the actual injuries as a result of the accident. This includes compensation for physical pain, emotional pain and suffering, such as anxiety.

Special damages

Special damages take into account financial costs which you incur as a direct result of your accident. These include the costs of prescriptions and medications, travel to and from medical appointments and any loss of earnings.

Special damages can also include any costs you incur in adapting your home or car to meet any new special needs after a life-changing injury. How much compensation your tinnitus lawsuit awards will include will depend on how bad your injuries are as well as their long-term effects. Below, we have a table and tinnitus compensation calculator to see what you could claim compensation for.

InjurySeverityAmountNotes
Total Loss of Hearing in One EarSevere£29,380 - £42,730More severe cases will present with tinnitus as well as headaches and dizziness.
Tinnitus and/ or partial hearing lossesSevere£27,890 - £42,730 Including tinnitus and noise induced hearing loss.
Noise Induce Hearing Loss (NIHL) and TinnitusModerate£13,970 - £27,890Noise Induced Hearing Loss as well as moderate tinnitus.
NIHL and TinnitusMild£11,820 - £13,970Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss as well as associated tinnitus.
NIHL and TinnitusVery mild£6,910 - £11,820Occasional or slight tinnitus as well as some slight Noise Induced Hearing Losses.
NIHL and TinnitusSlightUp to £6,580 Some slight tinnitus and Noise Induced Hearing Loss.

To begin your tinnitus compensation claim, talk to the specialist solicitors at Legal Expert today. Our phone lines are open 9 am – 9 pm seven days a week. You can also talk to us about your tinnitus accident claims by using our online chat feature.

How To Start Your Tinnitus Compensation Claim

Taking the first steps in making a personal injury claim can seem daunting. The best place to begin is by consulting with solicitors. At this stage, we can gather the necessary evidence and start to assess whether you have a viable compensation case. We can offer a free consultation to look at how you get tinnitus, its severity and the supporting evidence. At this stage, we can offer a medical assessment to diagnose your injuries and their long-term effects. We can then take over your case and handle everything for you.

Why Choose Us For Your Tinnitus Compensation Claim

Tinnitus is much more common than many people think. The effects of tinnitus can be long-term and even life-changing if they cause hearing damage and loss. Tinnitus and hearing damage can prevent those suffering from living a normal life. People choose to work with Legal Expert for a variety of reasons. We work with expert solicitors across the country to help people get the compensation they deserve. Thanks to our staff, you will benefit from our expertise. Legal Expert look forward to fighting for your case.

Contact Legal Expert Today

Contact the personal injury specialists at Legal Expert today. Our team of highly professional solicitors are ready and waiting to start working on your case. We will work with you to win you the compensation you deserve for your tinnitus compensation claim. We connect claimants and solicitors across the country after injuries in accidents that aren’t their fault. No matter what causes your tinnitus, you could make a compensation claim.

So, to begin your tinnitus accident claims, talk to Legal Expert today. Our dedicated specialist staff are on hand to begin working on your claim today. We will talk through your case and the amount of compensation you receive. Phone us on 0800 073 8804, use our online chat or email info@legalexpert.co.uk and request a callback.

Useful Links

Find Research On Tinnitus From The HSE
Find out more about the severity of tinnitus with information from the Health and Safety Executive.

How To Treat Tinnitus
Information from the NHS on the symptoms of tinnitus and how to treat it.

Accident At Work Guide
Please find out more about how to make a compensation claim for an accident at work with our claims guide.

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Tinnitus Accident Claims FAQs

How much can I claim for tinnitus?

The typical payout lies between £12,100 and £36,850.

Can a car accident cause tinnitus?

Yes, a car accident could definitely cause tinnitus to develop.

Can you prove if you have tinnitus?

A medical assessment could prove the tinnitus using the existing symptoms, though the underlying cause is harder to determine accurately.

Is tinnitus a disability?

Tinnitus itself is not a disability, but serious hearing difficulties could allow the victim to receive disability benefits.

How do I win a tinnitus claim?

This is about proving the exposure to noise, the existing diagnosis and an automatic rating.

Should I work with tinnitus?

If there is a tinnitus diagnosis, it’s not advisable to continue working with this condition.

Does whiplash cause ringing in the ears?

This is possible, though it doesn’t happen in all cases.

What are the two types of tinnitus?

These are subjective tinnitus and the rarer version that is objective tinnitus.

Thank you for reading our tinnitus accident claims guide. But please get in touch if you need more information about how to claim.

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