Following the industrial revolution, technological advances have boomed and, frankly, so have our ear drums. Accidents at work have always occurred, but as we move forward into the 21st century the number of noise-induced work injuries has increased significantly.
Accidents at work: Loud noises and hearing loss
As with most things, including exercise, food and computing, there is a limit to how much your body can take. All activities should be undertaken carefully and follow recommended professional advice, otherwise our body will suffer.
As too much exercise can cause strain on the body, too much food can cause obesity and health issues and excessive computing can impair eyesight, over-exposure to loud noises puts strain on the eardrums when it hits the inner ear.
When the ear is subject to this consistently, it causes gradual hearing loss. An example of this, which is common to all individuals, is the temporary hearing impairment you experience having used earphones for a prolonged period while travelling.
How can I protect my ears?
Those who work in sectors which involve consistent or sudden bursts of loud noise, should be given ear protection by their employer. This can include construction workers who work with noisy equipment but also stewards at music events. If this isn’t supplied by the employer, it may be that they have failed in their legal obligation to protect your health and safety while at work.
Can I claim for my work-induced hearing impairment?
Generally speaking, if you can prove that the incident that caused your hearing impairment was the fault of your employer and you have medical confirmation of your condition, it is likely that you will be able to claim compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Cases such as work-related accident claims can be difficult to manage. Most employers will put a good deal of effort into fighting their corner and can cause unnecessary stress for you, which is where Accident Advice Helpline steps in. Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury claims, including work-related cases.
The law firm works on a no win no fee basis to assess the basics of your claim and advise if it is likely to be successful if pursued. If you do decide to proceed with your claim, their legal team will manage your case and use their specialised expertise to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: February 13, 2014
Author: David Brown