Millions of people in the United Kingdom suffer from deafness and tinnitus mostly from natural causes however a very significant number of deafness and tinnitus cases result from occupational factors caused by working in a noisy environment. There are very strict requirements placed on employers who must ensure that noisy areas in the workplace are clearly marked as hazardous and adequate ear protection must be provided to employees and worn in relevant areas. Employers have a duty to ensure that the ear protection is actually worn and are at liberty to dismiss any employee who refuses to take care of their own health and safety. Any failure by an employer that results in hearing loss including tinnitus is actionable by the employee who should instruct occupational deafness solicitors to investigate without delay.
There are over 500,000 workers in Great Britain who suffer from occupational deafness and other hearing problems caused by exposure to excessive noise in the workplace. Many of them have been compensated however there are still tens of thousands who have not started an industrial deafness, hearing loss or tinnitus compensation claim. Our occupational deafness solicitors operate the no win no fee* scheme. You won't have to take out any loan or pay for an insurance policy. If you would like free advice just use the helpline to speak to a specialist solicitor who is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts without further obligation. We operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.
Tinnitus in particular can be caused by an injury to the head or neck as well as from certain medications or due to old age, but being exposed to loud noise for any length of time is the most likely cause. In tinnitus the hair cells of the inner ear become damaged and the brain receives erroneous electrical impulses from the ear which leads to the ringing or buzzing typical of tinnitus. Ear, nose and throat consultants are generally able to distinguish between naturally occurring hearing loss and industrial deafness or tinnitus caused by exposure to excessive noise.
Tinnitus is a hearing problem where the sufferer hears sound that is not coming from an external source. It may include whistling, buzzing, roaring, grinding or ringing sounds and can range from mild to severe, with some sufferers only hearing sounds sometimes whilst others are plagued by constant noise. The most common cause of tinnitus is long term exposure to excessive noise in the workplace without the proper protective equipment.
To qualify under the UK Industrial Injuries Scheme administered the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), an employee must have worked in a workplace defined as 'noisy' for a minimum of ten years and have suffered a hearing loss of at least 50 decibels. However a 50 decibel hearing loss is quite significant and even if you haven't suffered that much of a hearing loss, you may be entitled to make a private application for occupational deafness compensation including hearing loss and tinnitus from your employer. Under the Health and Safety Act in the UK, employers must provide workers who have to work in a noisy environment with the proper protective equipment (e.g. ear protectors), train them on how to use the equipment properly and educate workers on the effects of long-term exposure to noise at the workplace. If your employer did not follow even one of these requirements it is possible to make a good case for a compensation claim.
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) indicates that metal working machine operatives have the highest incidence of industrial deafness which generally affects four workers in every 100,000. Other industries that have a higher than average annual incidence rates of hearing-related injuries are: mineral extraction; energy, water supply, manufacturing (especially machine tool operators) and construction industries. Even if you do not work in one of these industries and have suffered industrial deafness, hearing loss or tinnitus due to exposure at your workplace, you may have a valid claim and need to contact a solicitor. The are many circumstances that may give rise to a claim for compensation for industrial deafness, hearing loss or tinnitus and it is in your interests to discuss your potential no win no fee* claim with an occupational deafness solicitor as soon as possible.
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