If your hearing has been damaged by exposure to excessive noise at work, call our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free consultation on freephone 0800 00 55 44 or start a hearing loss claim online.
We deal with all types of industrial deafness claims including noise-induced hearing loss, Tinnitus and Acoustic Shock compensation.
No Win, No Fee Industrial Deafness Claims
Most of our hearing loss claims are funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is more commonly known as a No Win, No Fee agreement, meaning there is no financial risk to you.
Our specialist team of Occupational Deafness Solicitors can give you free initial advice to help you understand if you have an industrial deafness claim. We may also be able to help you bring a claim if your employer has gone out of business or claim against multiple employers.
Industrial deafness is caused by long-term exposure to noise. It can take many years, with sufferers often in their retirement, before significant hearing problems arise. Many people put their problems down to general ageing, rather than making the link with their work many years before. Hearing loss is generally irreversible and hearing aids are usually the only way to help with the condition.
A Successful Hearing Loss Claim Must:
- Establish that you are suffering from industrial deafness and/or tinnitus, confirmed by a report from a medical expert.
- Show that the condition has been caused by exposure to a particular noise source i.e. particular employment supported by witness statements and documentary evidence from the employers.
- Show that at the time of exposure your employer could have foreseen that you might suffer from noise induced hearing loss or an associated condition.
- Show that your employer was negligent in protecting you from the noise.
Acoustic Shock Compensation Claims
Acoustic Shock is the term used for hearing related problems caused by high frequency, high intensity sounds through a telephone headset. For example, people who work in UK call centres where the volume on their headsets is turned up too loud; can suffer from hearing loss, Tinnitus and a range of physiological and psychological health issues.
Employers have a duty of care to protect staff from acoustic shock in the workplace. Compensation for acoustic shock can be claimed against the employer’s liability insurance company.
Call our No Win, No Fee Solicitors on freephone 0800 00 55 44 or start your claim online.
Alkers Solicitors is one of the largest Personal Injury Law Firms in the North West. We can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support for Blackpool, Preston, Lancashire and surrounding areas.
Symptoms of Industrial Deafness
The first symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss include:
- Missing parts of a conversation
- Mot being able to hear conversation where there is background noise
- Having to turn the television up loud
- Partners thinking they’re being ignored
Noise-induced tinnitus can be the result of damage caused by excessive noise and is characterized by the sound of buzzing in the ears. In bad cases, the buzzing is constant and can even make sleeping difficult. Tinnitus can also have emotional impacts such as anxiety or depression. Tinnitus can affect quality of life, enjoyment of hobbies and leisure activities such as reading, listening to music. There’s no cure for tinnitus, but very bad cases can be helped by using a ‘masking’ device which lessens the intensity of the buzzing.
Do I Have Industrial Deafness?
If you suspect your hearing is damaged, you should visit your local GP and ask for a hearing test. This will be carried out by your GP or by an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist.