Health and Safety Executive statistics show that more than 2,000 people in Great Britain have been affected by occupational deafness in the last eleven years. If you’ve lost your hearing as a result of an accident at work or an unsafe or poorly-regulated working environment, you may be thinking about claiming work injury compensation.
Who suffers from industrial deafness?
Industrial deafness is commonly linked to people working in the construction industry; however, there are risks of hearing loss in many other industries and this issue is not restricted to those working in the construction trade. Industrial deafness can affect anyone who is subjected to loud noise on a frequent or persistent basis and this may include those working in:
- music and music production
- motor industry
Preventing industrial deafness
All employers are required to provide a safe workplace for their employees and they must take steps to try and prevent work injuries, including hearing loss. This may include providing ear defenders, carrying out risk assessments, monitoring noise levels (by measuring decibels) and ensuring that staff members have the relevant health and safety training.
If you notice symptoms of hearing loss, such as finding it more difficult to hear people when they are talking to you or listening to the radio or television at higher levels, seek medical advice and talk to your employer.
What should I do if I’ve lost my hearing?
If you’ve lost your hearing as a result of a work accident or you believe that your employer is guilty of negligence and this has contributed to impaired hearing, you may be able to claim work accident compensation. See a doctor so that your hearing can be assessed and note down as much information about your case as you can including dates, times, noise levels and witness statements from colleagues and then contact Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm with over 10 years of experience in dealing with compensation claims for injured workers.
One of our trained personal injury lawyer will handle your case, so you can relax and focus on your recovery. The process is designed to minimise stress and most of the information needed by the legal team can be gathered over the telephone or by email; the majority of clients do not need to go to court. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice