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Industrial deafness: your legal rights & making a claim

Also sometimes referred to as occupational deafness, industrial deafness is noise-induced. In other words, it's a condition that occurs as the result of being repeatedly exposed to loud noises in your job.

Occasionally, it’s a temporary side effect of over-exposure to excessive volumes, but very often it remains a permanent illness – and more and more people are successfully making industrial deafness claims every ear.

What Causes Industrial Deafness?

Industrial deafness is particularly common in heavy industries, where employees can be exposed to harsh and unrelentingly loud conditions.

One of the most common features of these industries is that employees are left in situations of loud and prolonged noise without being provided with the necessary safety equipment to protect their ears.

Industrial Deafness Industries

The most common industries associated with loud and constant noise that result in cases of industrial deafness include mining, ship building, construction, and warehouse work.

What are the Symptoms of Industrial Deafness?

One of the most common symptoms people complain about in industrial deafness claims is Gradual or sudden hearing loss.

Another common symptom of occupational deafness is tinnitus – often described as an incessant buzzing sound in the ears, even though there isn’t any external sound. Tinnitus is very often an antecedent to long term occupational deafness.

Can I Make a Claim for Industrial Deafness?

Claims for industrial deafness can be hard to prove – which is why you should enlist the help of one an experienced solicitor. We know exactly what to do and how to go about helping you build a solid case against the party liable.

Evidence to back up your case – such as photos, videos or witness statements – can make the whole process a lot easier. Nevertheless, even if you don’t possess such evidence to help substantiate your claim, New Deal Fair Deal can still assist you with your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Should I Make a Claim?

Some people can be reticent about making a claim against their employer.

Potential claimants should ask themselves whether they would be suffering from industrial deafness had their employer taken adequate steps and suitable precautionary measures to ensure you were working in an environment that hadn’t put your health at risk.

It’s true that there can be other factors which contribute to towards someone’s deafness, but if you genuinely feel that your occupation and working environment had a direct impact on your deafness then you should seek advice.

Ultimately, it’s not your fault you’re suffering from deafness and it’s only fair you should be compensated for an injury that will probably affect you for the rest of your life.

Furthermore, in 2005 the government launched The Control Noise At Work Regulations. These regulations list precautions every employer must take to reduce exposure to excessive noise levels in the workplace.

How Much Could I Get for an Industrial Deafness Claim?

Every case is different and figures for compensation pay-outs vary a great deal, but successful cases can range from £3,000 to £60,000.

Factors such as how severe your condition is, how long you’ve had or are likely to have it, and whether you’ve got it in one or both ears will also be taken into account.

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We have experienced injury solicitors with a long and successful track record of dealing with industrial deafness claims.

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Slee Blackwell

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