Most of us realise a significant amount of noise could have quite serious consequences for our hearing. While one or two isolated instances of loud noise won’t have a significant bearing on our hearing, it would be very different indeed if we worked in a situation where we were exposed to loud noises virtually every day at our workplace.
This is the type of situation that might result in industrial deafness. Being exposed to high levels of noise on a regular basis with no form of protection offered to us can damage our hearing over the long-term.
The issue of noise
Loud noises can occur sporadically or on a regular basis if certain types of machinery are used. Some workplaces are very quiet but others are very noisy on a regular basis. In workplaces where this might be the case, risk assessments should identify the noise hazard and point out appropriate ways of dealing with it. It might mean people are given earphones or headphones to prevent any damage occurring to their ears. This could make all the difference between losing their hearing or maintaining it through the rest of their life.
Any loss of hearing that happens in the workplace could mean the individual affected might have a chance to claim industrial deafness compensation. If this should be the case they might win an amount of money to help compensate for the damage they have suffered.
Could this include you?
In order to claim compensation it would be important to make sure you could prove your hearing loss occurred in the workplace. For this to happen you would need to have evidence of your hearing loss, and also evidence that it happened because of negligence by your employers. This is why it would be prudent to contact a professional injury compensation lawyer. By doing so you will be getting in touch with someone who is able to help you courtesy of their experience in this area.
If you can contact Accident Advice Helpline you can find it far easier to find the right lawyer to help you. Calling 0800 689 0500 free of charge means you might soon be speaking to a lawyer with experience in handling just this type of claim. Make sure you get the information you need to launch a no win, no fee* claim if you can actually do so.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead