Personal Injury Compensation – Industrial Deafness / Tinnitus

Deterioration of a person’s hearing due to their work environment is often referred to with the following phrases: industrial deafness, occupational deafness and noise induced hearing loss.

Deafness can be caused by extremely loud sudden noises or gradually due to prolonged exposure noise. Some people however hear noises such as whistling, buzzing, ringing and hissing in one or both their ears, this condition is given the term Tinnitus.

You don’t have to be completely deaf to claim, there are various stages of deafness, hearing loss occurs in many degrees…

  • Profound deafness –  lip reading and sign language is relied upon
  • Severe deafness – hearing aid is used but lip reading is relied upon
  • Moderate deafness – Hearing aid required
  • Mild deafness – muffled hearing, hard to follow a conversation

Prolonged exposure to noise over time in their working environment is the usual cause for hearing loss. The industries in which workers are mostly affected by hearing loss are;

  • Textile industry
  • Foundries
  • Fabrication
  • Demolition
  • Road works
  • Wood workers
  • Factories
  • Construction
  • Night clubs
  • Processing
  • Quarries

A substantial amount of workers have been exposed to excessive noise in their work environment despite the introduction of the Control of Noise at Work to better protect workers from occupational noise.   If you believe your hearing has been affected by your job or previous job you could be eligible to claim. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that training and safety equipment are provided, regular breaks are taken and all equipment is regularly maintained when working in a noisy environment.

However if it can be shown that employers have been negligent and have contributed to your condition you could be entitled to compensation.

Here at Harris & Green Solicitors we believe that you have a right to justice and are entitled to Industrial Deafness – Tinnitus compensation from your employer.

Call us today and our knowledgeable team will establish whether your injury can be linked to deafness and whether your employer was negligent in allowing it to occur.

After assessing your claim we will appoint a solicitor who will put together evidence and refer you to an independent medical expert.