While many of us may take our hearing for granted, the truth is that our ears are extremely sensitive and delicate. The simple ability to hear is often unknowingly at risk in everyday life, and many people are shocked to find that the conditions of their working environments have caused irreversible hearing loss. If you have been exposed to dangerous levels of noise at work, causing or exacerbating loss of hearing, you have the right to claim for compensation against your negligent employer.
Speak to one of our experienced compensation claims advisors free of charge today on 01204 521 133 or on live chat for a consultation. Alternatively, you can fill in one of our claims forms or use our Compensation Calculator, and we’ll call you back.
What Is Noise Induced Hearing Loss And How Does It Happen?
Noise-induced hearing loss is just what it sounds like – hearing loss that’s been caused by excessive exposure to noise. NIHL can happen either instantly, as a result of an extremely loud sudden sound, or gradually, taking years to become apparent. Causes range from a one-off loud noise, such as a explosion in close proximity, or by continual exposure, damaging the hearing over a period of time, such as regular use of industrial machinery. It can affect just one ear or both at the same time. Hearing loss is irreversible: once your hearing is gone, it is gone for good. The University of Manchester’s Audiology and Deafness department concluded that noise exposure was ‘the main cause of preventable hearing loss’ worldwide.
What Are My Employer’s Responsibilities Concerning Noise Induced Hearing Loss?
There was a time when coping with the effects of loud noise in certain professions was to be brushed off, considered ‘just part of the job’. Mercifully, times have changed since then, and now all employers are given stringent guidelines by the UK government on how to protect their workers from noise induced hearing loss. Now, if noise at work has the potential to cause damage, employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and instruction on its proper use, as well as organising for breaks from noise exposure. For specific details on the responsibilities of employers, you can visit the HSE website. In most cases, the development of noise induced hearing loss suggests that one or more of an employer’s responsibilities have not been properly adhered to, which may warrant a compensation claim.
Are Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims No Win No Fee?
Absolutely, yes. At Asons Solicitors, we wanted to take the risk out of making an industrial disease claim for all of our clients, thereby allowing everyone an access to justice, regardless of their financial situation. What is ‘no win no fee’? It is what it sounds like! It is the guarantee that you won’t pay a penny until we know your case will be successful.
When claiming with us for hearing loss compensation, you will find no upfront fees, unexpected costs, and no risk of paying the expenses of the defending side. Before any legal proceedings are undertaken, your hearing loss claim will be considered by our expert industrial disease solicitors. You will be told whether your case can proceed on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. Roughly 98% of our clients’ claims are handled in this way.
How Much Noise Induced Hearing Loss Compensation Will I Receive?
The amount of compensation paid out – not just in claims for hearing loss, but in all industrial disease claims – is dependent on the circumstances and evidence available. Common factors which have an influence on how much you are paid depend on factors like your level of hearing prior to working for your employer, the protective measures your employer took to protect you, and the severity of your symptoms and the resultant lifestyle changes they have forced. Any supporting evidence you can provide our solicitors with, such as the testimonies of co-workers who have also been diagnosed with noise induced hearing loss, will often increase the chances of success in your industrial disease claim.
All our industrial disease claims take into account medically-proven pain and suffering and the extent, any loss of earnings caused, and the psychological effects of being let down by someone you have trusted to safeguard your health. At Asons, we pride ourselves on our unrivalled transparency. When you begin the claims procedure, your solicitor will provide you with an ideal, targeted figure and a realistic minimum estimate of your winnings. You will then be kept up to date with any changes as the case progresses.
Why Choose Asons For My Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claim?
If you have contracted noise induced hearing loss due to unnecessary exposure to loud noise at work, you should immediately contact an experienced industrial disease solicitor. Why? Well, noise induced hearing loss claims are often fiercely defended and difficult to prove – meaning that expert legal assistance is required to properly navigate the nuanced legislation and build a strong case with limited evidence.
Successful cases require a lot of work in gathering evidence, liaising with insurance companies, and organising court proceedings, as well as a sound understanding of the legislation involved in claiming for hearing loss compensation. Asons’ legal experts pride themselves on their empathy and approachability, and are here to do the work for you. With decades of experience, our no win no fee lawyers’ success rate is unparalleled. While they sadly cannot restore your hearing following an incidence of nosie induced hearing loss, they can and will look to secure the compensation results you deserve for a brighter future.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss Resources
Asons’ experts on NIHL have put together a comprehensive resource which details statistics and causes of noise induced hearing loss, and details how to cope after a diagnosis alongside a list of valuable resources, called ‘Noise-Induced Hearing Loss – Do You Suffer?’.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) provides plenty of helpful information regarding noise at work; along with printable material for use in the work place. Other useful information and advice groups include: British Tinnitus Association, Royal National Institute for Deaf People, Deafness Research UK, British Deaf Association, National Association of Deafened People.
Call Asons on 01204 521 133, message us on live chat or fill in a contact form to learn how to begin claiming accident compensation for noise induced hearing loss, completely free of charge.