Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims
If your hearing has been damaged by exposure to excessive noise at work, you may be entitled to compensation.
Do you have trouble hearing people on the telephone? Do you have difficulty following a conversation when people are speaking at the same time? Do you often have to say “What’s that?” in response to someone? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then you may be suffering from hearing loss. If we can prove that this was caused by exposure to loud noise as a result of negligence by a previous employer then we may be able to recover compensation on your behalf.
One difficulty with identifying the cause of industrial hearing loss is that the symptoms can develop many years after the exposure to the noise. You may have just put it down to getting older rather than making the link with your previous employment. If you previously worked in the following industries you may have been regularly exposed to excessive noise;
- Police force;
It is important that you speak to us at Boyd Rice Solicitors so that we can investigate whether there is a link between your hearing loss and your previous working conditions.
You will need to be able to prove that your employer could have foreseen that you might suffer from noise inducing hearing loss or associated conditions and that they were negligent in not protecting you from the noise. For example, we may be able to prove this by showing that you should have been provided with ear defence equipment. We will hold your employer to account if they have caused your injury.
The effects of noise induced hearing loss are usually irreversible so it is only fair that you receive suitable compensation.
Acoustic shock is caused by sudden, high frequency, high intensity sounds. It is most common in call centres where workers suffer from the sounds coming through their telephone headset however it can be caused by machinery, loud bangs and other unexpected sounds. This can lead to hearing loss, tinnitus and a painful sensitivity to sound. Employers have a duty of care to protect their workers from acoustic shock. If they have failed in this duty you may be entitled to compensation.
Tinnitus is the term for the sensation of hearing sound in the absence of any external sound. It is often described as “ringing in the ears”. A person with tinnitus will often hear ringing, buzzing, hissing or whistling sounds. Tinnitus can coincide with hearing loss and can also occur following a road traffic accident. Some studies have shown that Tinnitus can be a side effect of whiplash itself. We can arrange an appointment with an ENT specialist to determine the extent of your Tinnitus.
How we Help?
Boyd Rice Solicitors offer a free initial consultation where we can confidentially discuss your employment history and the health problems you are suffering.
Your previous employers may no longer be in existence but we can track down the relevant insurers. If the insurers can be traced then your claim may succeed.
We can arrange consultations with the top medical experts in this field who will be able to provide a review of your hearing and a prognosis.
For many years Boyd Rice Solicitors have been representing people who have suffered noise induced hearing loss as a result of prolonged exposure to noise through their employment.
We offer a free initial consultation where we will confidentially discuss the circumstances of your accident and will assess how we can assist you in the best way possible. We use leading experts to investigate accidents and our team of medical practitioners are extremely experienced.
You will be under no obligation to instruct us and we will be delighted to advise in any way that we can. Please do not let funding concerns deter you from getting in touch with us. We will discuss all available ways to fund your case enabling you to make a fully informed decision as to whether you wish to proceed with the claim. “No Win No Fee” payment arrangements are not permitted in Northern Ireland however you may be entitled to legal costs insurance or legal aid. We seek to recover your legal costs from the party that has caused your injury.
Please click on any of our case studies below for an insight into how we have helped recover compensation for our clients;