Have you suffered from tinnitus due to work? Then you may well be due work illness compensation.Living with tinnitus can be extremely difficult. This pain is only amplified if you know that you are suffering through no fault of your own.
How can you get tinnitus due to work?
Tinnitus can be caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises. In terms of work, industries like construction, concert production and factories pose particular risks. This is because of the noise levels of the working environments. Many of the tools used on construction sites and in factory assembly lines are extremely noisy, while concerts are self-explanatory.
How can you avoid getting tinnitus due to work?
Tinnitus is one of the work-related illnesses behind the mandatory introduction of workplace safety measures like Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE for short.
Guarding against tinnitus and similar conditions is the reason you will see construction workers wearing industrial headphones when using tools like pneumatic drills. These headphones have been specifically designed to give the ears protection from industrial noises and must be worn when using certain machinery.
If you get tinnitus due to work, how can you claim?
The first step to take in a tinnitus claim is to establish liability. Was your tinnitus caused because of the actions or negligence of someone else? For example, were you put in a position where you had to work without protective headphones? Or perhaps the pair you were given were faulty? If the answer is yes, then you have the beginnings of a work-related illness claim. The next step is to confirm that it was these conditions that led to you suffering tinnitus. This cause needs to be confirmed by a medical professional.
Unlike other accidents at work, such as slips, trips and falls, tinnitus claims are not usually subject to the same timeline. With physical accidents, there is typically a three-year window between the accident occurring and the deadline for the claims process being started. However, because the onset of tinnitus is not always immediate, this time limit does not apply if you get tinnitus due to work.
So, if you think you have a work illness claim to make over tinnitus, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis and usually settle cases out of court. Call our expert advisors now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: March 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice