If you're suffering with hearing issues because of high levels of noise at work, you could make an industrial deafness claim
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that all staff are appropriately briefed and cared for when working in environments where they're subjected to consistently high noise levels.
Workplaces where noise levels may cause hearing damage could include:
- Construction sites
- Military training sites
Any job where the noise levels are high come with considerable risk to your hearing, especially if you haven't been given protective equipment. It's your employer's job to ensure that the impact it has on you is minimal.
If they've failed to do this and your hearing has suffered as a result, we know how unfair it can feel. We can guide you through the process of claiming compensation.
How much noise is too much?
There are laws in place to make sure that at-risk workers are protected. Employers should take steps to meet the terms in The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 act.
Generally, if there are consistent levels of noise above 80 dB an employer should provide protective ear equipment to all staff, or consider ways to reduce noise exposure.
We realise it can be difficult to tell whether you could make a compensation claim - our advisors offer free, impartial advice and can help you understand whether you have a case. You can speak to us on .
What are the symptoms of industrial deafness?
Industrial deafness is sometimes also known as ‘occupational deafness' or ‘noise-induced hearing loss'; but how can you tell if you have it?
If you're experiencing the symptoms below, you may be suffering from industrial deafness and could make a claim:
- Lack of hearing in one or both ears
- Temporary or permanent hearing loss
- Ringing, buzzing or hissing noises can be a sign of tinnitus
- Missing parts of conversations
- Struggling to hear people if there is background noise
It can be difficult to learn to live with the long-term consequences of mistakes that weren't your fault. The hearing loss you've suffered is likely to have affected your daily life - in some cases, you may even have had to find a new career. We're here to help you make it right.
How can compensation help?
Although making a compensation claim may feel like a long and daunting process, we have the experience to make it as simple and stress-free as possible. Compensation can help you get the apology you deserve and can cover any costs.
Our solicitors will take all of the impacts of your hearing-loss into consideration when making your claim. For example, if you've needed to take time off work or find a new job, then your compensation can cover the expenses that may have caused.
Hearing loss can be very frustrating - it can make social situations difficult and can leave you feeling depressed. Your solicitor will make sure they understand exactly how your injury has affected you so that you receive the full amount of compensation.
Starting a compensation claim
Firstly, finding out whether you could make a compensation claim is important. You can call us for free, impartial advice before you decide whether you want to move forwards. You can do this by getting in contact with us on .
All our advisors are legally trained and your call with us is confidential - we'll simply ask you some questions and then let you know whether you can make a claim.
It's important to remember that we'll also never rush or pressure into starting a claim. We're here to help you get the information you need to make a decision.
If you do decide to start a claim, we can help you take the next steps by putting you forward to one of our specialist solicitors who will have experience working with your type of case.