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How To Make A Deafness Compensation Claim? – A Guide To Deafness Compensation Amounts and Payouts

Deafness Compensation Claims Explained

Environments where there is excessive noise can cause people to lose their hearing over time. Under the Health And Safety At Work Act of 1974 and Occupiers Liability Act of 1957, employers have a duty of care towards their employees and other people who use their premises. This means that they are legally obliged to take every reasonable precaution to protect employees from occupational hazards, meaning parts of the job that pose a serious risk to the employee’s health and safety. These precautions are called control measures. If an employer has failed to protect you from hazards related to the job, occupational hazards and you have suffered hearing loss as a result, you could be entitled to make an industrial deafness claim, in the UK.

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Trust Legal Expert to handle your claim for workplace hearing loss compensation. We are a well respected personal injury law firm, that are experienced in handling personal injury claims for hearing loss. Whether you are claiming government payment for hearing loss, or private sector workplace hearing loss compensation, our excellent personal injury solicitors will push to win you the maximum amount of deafness compensation that you are entitled to.

Call us today on 0800 073 8804 to begin your claim. Alternatively, if you prefer not to talk on the phone, you can use our claim online form to tell us your story. If you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation for deafness, one of our excellent solicitors will start working on your industrial deafness claims procedure right away. If you have suffered hearing loss because of negligence on the part of your employer or another party, we would love to work with you. Contact us today to begin your claim.

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A Guide To Deafness Compensation Claims

According to statistics from the Health And Safety Executive (HSE), as of the year 2015/16 to 2017/18 there were an estimated 23,000 people in the UK with industrial related hearing loss. There were 70 new compensation claims for work related deafness in 2017 in the UK. HSE report that the majority of people who suffer from work related deafness are male. Fortunately, HSE reports that in the last ten years from 2008 to 2018, there has been a steady decline in the number of compensation claims for the number of industrial hearing loss incidents.

Legal Expert has created this guide to making a deafness compensation claim, for people who have experienced hearing loss due to negligence on the part of their employer, or a third party. In this guide we will explain what work related deafness is, and what set of circumstances can lead an individual to experience it. We will look at specific examples of work related hearing loss such as military hearing loss and tinnitus, to see how they can be caused. We have included a hearing loss compensation calculator to help you estimate how much compensation you can claim for your injuries, and we also explain the benefits of making a no win no fee claim.

Have you suffered hearing loss because of environmental factors at work? Then you could be entitled to make a deafness compensation claim, or a claim for industrial hearing loss government compensation in the UK. Call Legal Expert, or contact us using our online claims form today, to learn more about making a no win no fee claim for industrial deafness.

What Counts As Hearing Loss Or Deafness That You Could Claim For?

To be able to claim compensation for loss of hearing, you will need to undergo a medical assessment with an audiologist. Legal Expert can arrange for you to have a medical assessment with an expert (such as a trusted audiologist) near you. They could measure your loss of hearing and conduct tests to see if your hearing loss is due to excessive noise, or another cause. The audiologist can see that you have suffered significant hearing loss due to excessive exposure to noise, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Begin your industrial deafness claims procedure today. Contact Legal Expert via phone or contact form to see if you are entitled to make an industrial deafness or tinnitus compensation claim.

Circumstances Which Could Cause Hearing Loss

There are specific industries where hearing loss accidents are more likely to happen, because of the machinery, tools and processes used. Here are some examples:

  • Construction
  • Road drilling
  • Engineering
  • Mining
  • Ship building
  • Car manufacturing

Employers have a duty of care to protect their employees against work related hearing loss. These include: installing sound barriers to absorb the noise, providing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as earplugs or noise cancelling headphones, rotating shifts so that no one is exposed to the machinery for a long period of time and using the quietest choice of machinery, where possible. If you can prove that your workplace failed to apply these health and safety control measures and your hearing was damaged as a result, you could be entitled to make an industrial deafness claim in the UK.

How Much Noise Is Too Much?

The general health and safety of employees is protected by the Health And Safety At Work Act of 1974. In addition to this, the Control Of Noise At Work Regulations of 2005, sets out exact procedures for protecting employees from hearing loss, caused by excessive noise at work. The Control of Noise At Work Regulations of 2005 state that employers must conduct regular risk assessments in order to identify safety hazards that put employees at risk of having their hearing damaged, and control measures to minimise the risk. The acceptable limit for noise in the workplace is 80 to 85 decibels. When the noise reaches this limit or above, employers must apply control measures (as discussed above), to protect their employees from hearing loss. If an employer fails to do so, and an employee’s hearing is damaged as a result, the injured person could make a tinnitus or deafness compensation claim.

Symptoms Of Noise Induced Hearing Loss And Deafness

There are different types of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) that can be caused by exposure to excessive noise. We will now look at what these are in more detail.

Industrial Deafness

Industrial deafness, also known as occupational deafness is hearing loss caused by working in an environment with excessive noise. As the noise passes through the outer ear, ear canal and ear drum and into the middle and inner ears, the auditory cells of the inner ears are damaged, causing hearing loss. Unfortunately, this process cannot be reversed. Occupational deafness is a process which takes place overtime, rather than a single exposure.

You learn more about industrial deafness and claiming compensation for it, by reading our online guide. For more information on making a claim for industrial deafness, contact Legal Expert today.

Acoustic Shock Syndrome

Acoustic shock syndrome is a type of damage to the ear which is caused by excessive noise, resulting in a loss of hearing. Acoustic shock syndrome can be caused by exposure to a single soundwave, such as an explosion. It can also happen over time, by listening to loud sounds through headphones.

Military Hearing Loss/Deafness Claims

Military personnel can be injured by being routinely exposed to excessive loud noises reaching above 80 to 85 decibels. This can happen due to mismanagement of training exercises, negligent firing of weaponry during training exercises or the military failing to provide adequate PPE. If you are a serving or former military member of personnel, you could be entitled to claim a government payment for hearing loss.

Noise Induced Tinnitus Claims

Tinnitus is a condition which can be caused by exposure to excessively loud noise, resulting in damage to the tiny sensory hairs in the cochlea and inner ear. As a result, the person affected may hear a constant ringing, hissing or clicking noise in their ear. This usually happens over time.

As well as hearing loss induced by noise, many people also experience gradual hearing loss as they age. This can make any noise induced hearing loss individual suffers from even worse. If you have experienced any of these types of noise induced hearing loss symptoms because your employer failed to protect you from excessive noise in the workplace, or an accident at work caused by negligence, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Call Legal Expert today, or use our online claims form today, to see if you are entitled to compensation.

Hearing Loss, Deafness Or Tinnitus Claim Compensation Claim Time Limit

In the United Kingdom there is a hearing loss claim time limit of three years. This means that you must begin your hearing loss claim within three years of you being exposed to excessive noise, or realising that you had become harmed. A hearing loss claim time limit can be complicated to work out, because industrial deafness is usually a condition that develops overtime. Your personal injury lawyer can carry out investigations to see if you are within the hearing loss claim time limit. Contact Legal Expert today, so we can begin work on your industrial deafness claims procedure as soon as possible.

What Could My Deafness Or Tinnitus Claim Compensate Me For?

If you make a successful workplace hearing loss compensation claim, your claim will be awarded in two parts. We will now look at what this involves, in more detail.

General Damages

The general damages part of your deafness compensation claim compensates you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that you have experienced as a result of your hearing loss, or tinnitus. This is usually the largest part of your compensation claim.

Special Damages

Special damages serve to reimburse the injured person for any expenses that their injuries could cause, and also pay for any injury related expenses they may have in the future. We have included some common examples of special damages below.

  • Medical expenses: This includes any medical treatment the person may need because of their noise induced hearing loss. This includes audiologist appointments or rehabilitative treatment.
  • Hearing equipment expenses: Hearing equipment expenses can include the cost of hearing aids, implants, or an assistance dog.
  • Travel expenses: Travel expenses can include the cost of travelling to hospital appointments, parking and any other travel costs related to your injuries.
  • Home and car adaptation expenses: This covers the cost of any devices needed at home, or adaptations to your home you now require, in relation to your hearing loss or tinnitus.
  • At home care: If a friend or family member has provided care for you since your noise related hearing loss injuries, you could be entitled to claim a compensation settlement for them.
  • Loss of income: If your loss of hearing resulted in your having to take time off work, or leave your job, you could be entitled to claim loss of income compensation. This can include lost salary payments, and in work benefits.

Deafness Compensation Claims Calculator

We have included a hearing loss compensation calculator, which you can use to estimate how much deafness compensation, or tinnitus compensation you could be entitled to claim.

InjurySeverityUpper and Lower SettlementsNotes
Total deafness with loss of speechTotal deafness£96,150 to £123,310In such cases deafness may have occurred at a very early age.
Total deafnessTotal deafness£79,560 to £96,150At the higher end there may also be tinnitus and some speech loss.
Loss of hearingTotal loss in a single ear£27,450 to £39,940Associated problems may include tinnitus, dizziness and headaches
Partial hearing loss / tinnitusSevere but partial£26,040 to £39,940Severe tinnitus with NIHL
Partial hearing loss / tinnitusModerate£13,080 - £26,040Moderate to severe NIHL Or Tinnitus or moderate both.
Partial hearing loss / tinnitusMild£11,040 - £13,080Mild tinnitus and some degree of NIHL.
Partial hearing loss / tinnitusSlight / occasional£6,450 to £11,040Slight or occasional NIHL and/ or tinnitus.
Partial hearing loss / tinnitusSlightUp to £6,140Slight symptoms of the above conditions.

Please note that the calculator is not 100% accurate because it does not include any special damages you can claim or take your personal circumstances into account. Therefore, if you want to get an accurate estimation of how much you could claim, contact us via phone or our form. One of our well informed personal injury claims advisors will be happy to assist you.

No Win No Fee Deafness Compensation Claims

Losing your hearing due to acoustic shock syndrome, industrial deafness or tinnitus is an experience that many people find highly stressful. Infact, it often takes a long time for people to come to terms with it. We understand that the industrial deafness claims procedure can also be very stressful for claimants. For many deafness compensation claimants, making a no win no fee claim is the less stressful option to take. This is because your no win no fee personal injury claims lawyer will not charge you an upfront fee. Instead, they will enter into an agreement with you that means that they will only take a payment for their services if and when they win your deafness compensation claim. In the unlikely instance that you do not win your claim for noise induced hearing loss you will not have to pay your solicitor a penny. This means that when making a no win no fee claim, there is no financial risk involved for you.

Read our online guide to making a no win no fee claim for hearing loss or tinnitus compensation. Alternatively, contact Legal Expert today and one of our well informed personal injury claims advisors, will be happy to discuss the benefits of making a no win no fee claim with you.

Contact A Legal Expert Today

If you have been made deaf because of excessive exposure to noise, via acoustic shock syndrome, occupational deafness, or are suffering from tinnitus, because of negligence on the part of your employer, you could be able to claim a large sum of money in compensation. Legal Expert offers a free consultation to anyone looking to claim deafness compensation. If you are comfortable using the phone, call us to discuss your industrial deafness claims procedure. Alternatively, we have an online claims contact form, which you can use to get in contact with us and we can seek alternative means of communication.

If we believe that you have the right to make an industrial deafness claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to handle your claim. Our solicitors have up to thirty years of experience handling workplace accident claims, so you’re bound to be in safe hands. What’s more, they will always push to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Contact now to see if you are entitled to claim compensation. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Resources For Deafness

Industrial Deafness Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Loss Of Vision Or Blindness? – See how much you could claim in this guide.

Defective Work Equipment Injury Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim? – Check how much you could claim in this guide.

A Guide To Tinnitus Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim? – See how much compensation you could claim.

Accident On Hearing Loss’s website – Here you could find out more information about how to deal with hearing loss.

An NHS Guide To Hearing Loss – Further information from the NHS about how to deal with hearing loss and treatment options which may be open to you.

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