If you have lost your some of your hearing as a result of a work-related accident, Accident Advice Helpline can offer you partial hearing loss accident advice and help you understand whether or not you have a legal right to reclaim damages for your affliction, what steps you should follow in order to file a claim against your employer, and how much compensation you are entitled to receive.
Partial hearing loss – personal injury or work-related illness?
If you suffer from partial hearing loss due to a noisy work environment, acoustic trauma or work-related stress, you can file a claim against your employer under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. On the other hand, if your condition is the direct result of an accident or a disease unrelated to working conditions, such as a personal injury sustained at home, your claim will most likely be unsuccessful.
Prior to the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, people were required to prove not only that their employers have failed in their duty of care, but also that noise levels were above 90 dB. The latest regulations have lowered the levels of noise to which employees can be safely exposed to 80 dB. In addition, employees are only required to demonstrate that their condition has been caused by specific actions or inactions of their employers. For instance, if you can prove that your employer has failed to meet the requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, he or she may be held responsible for your injury and, as a result, required to cover specific damages.
How much you can claim
The amount of compensation for partial hearing loss depends on the circumstances in which you have been injured, the severity of your condition and your personal reaction to it. Whilst some people only experience the direct effects of hearing loss, others might develop a series of complications, including psychiatric illness, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
For slight hearing loss, you may receive up to £8,000. For partial hearing loss, including total hearing loss in one ear, you can get up to £29,000. If your partial hearing loss has evolved into total deafness, the judge may set the compensation award up to £70,000.
If you decide to make your claim with us, our specialist UK solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline will value your pain and suffering associated with your injury by looking at the compensation amounts awarded by the UK courts for similar cases in the past. If you have suffered permanent partial hearing loss, our expert solicitors may be able to include special damages in your claim. These types of damages are usually awarded to people who are no longer able to work in the same function, get a job in a highly competitive market, or be socially active.
In conclusion, if you are searching for partial hearing loss accident advice, you should take the time to talk with our professionals at Accident Advice Helpline. Having many years of expertise in dealing with different types of claims, our legal specialists are experienced enough to ensure the best possible outcome for your claim.
Date Published: May 4, 2014
Author: David Brown