Industrial deafness can be caused by accidents at work causing sudden loud noises or by prolonged exposure to unacceptably high noise levels at work. Also known as occupational deafness, the condition may be immediately apparent or develop and gradually worsen over time. It may be temporary or permanent.
In order to claim for industrial deafness, you need to file your claim for compensation within three years of the work accident causing the condition, or, if prolonged exposure to high noise levels was responsible for causing your hearing loss, within three years of the condition being diagnosed. To ensure an industrial injury claim will be successful, you also have to prove the incident/ exposure was not your fault. This may involve proving that:
- You raised concern regarding noise levels with your supervisors (dates, times and details of witnesses to such conversations/ notices will be useful)
- Adequate protective equipment/ safety procedures were not provided
- You were diagnosed with and treated for industrial hearing loss within the last three years
- The loss of hearing affects your ability to work/ enjoy reasonable quality of life
Should other individuals working with you also suffer from industrial hearing problems, it will assist your claim for work injury compensation to get their names and contact details.
Legal help with industrial deafness claims
To make a successful claim FOR an injury at work, it is vital to have experienced, skilled legal assistance. Accident Advice Helpline solicitors have years of experience in claims against work-related hearing loss. Initial advice by helpful advisers is confidential, available 24/7 and free.
Once eligibility to claim for industrial deafness compensation has been established, a solicitor with suitable experience will be assigned to deal with your case on a 100 per cent conditional fee, or no win no fee, basis. This professional will assist you in all aspects of processing your claim.
What you can expect
How much compensation will ultimately be awarded to you depends on the type of industrial hearing loss you sustained and the extent to which it is affecting your quality of life. Temporary conditions typically result in lower compensation pay-outs than permanent loss of hearing, for instance.
It will be difficult to predict how long it will take before compensation for occupational hearing loss is paid, as each claim process depends on surrounding circumstances and subsequently varies in length of time. In any case, Accident Advice Helpline’s legal team will ensure you receive due compensation as soon as possible.
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown