Previous exposure to excessive noise?
Hearing loss is a common condition that can remain unnoticed for years as it develops gradually. In addition, most people accept a certain level of hearing loss with age.
However, if that hearing loss is due to previous exposure to excessive noise at work, there may be a claim for noise-induced hearing loss. As we deal with these claims on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis there is nothing to lose by investigating a potential claim.
Many of our clients often comment that they did not like to complain about the noise levels as it was an accepted part of the job and health and safety concerns were not as stringent as they are now. Regardless of this, employers were under a duty to monitor noise levels and to provide suitable hearing protection for their employees if appropriate. If they failed to do so and their employees have suffered hearing loss as a result, those employees are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Noise-induced hearing loss is a permanent loss and those affected may benefit from hearing aids. Whilst these are available on the NHS, hearing aids which are available privately are generally technically superior. You may be entitled to make a claim for the cost of hearing aids on a private basis which may amount to thousands of pounds.
Noise-induced hearing loss can often be accompanied by tinnitus, a high-pitched buzzing or ringing in the ears which is intrusive and can have a detrimental impact on sleep. Tinnitus is also permanent but can be helped by retraining therapy techniques to help manage the symptoms. The cost of this private treatment can form part of the compensation claim.
We have specialist solicitors who can deal with your claim and take away the worry and the stress and seek compensation on your behalf.
Call and speak to a lawyer on 01244 312306