Peter Hall, a 56-year-old father of three, worked for the motorcycle unit of the British Transport Police and regularly rode 650cc and 1100cc motorbikes as part of his job. When he retired, he noticed tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and a deterioration in his hearing. Hospital tests later confirmed that working on noisy bikes with sirens had damaged Mr Hall’s hearing.
Mr Hall decided to make a claim for tinnitus compensation after speaking with motorcycle officers from another force. It was then he realised that the British Transport Police had not taken steps to protect his hearing. The case settled out of court and he was awarded £6,500 in compensation.
Mr Hall continues to struggle when listening to people speak in groups and suffers from constant ringing in his ears. He believes the British Transport Police should be held to account for failing to provide him with proper equipment to protect his hearing as well as failure to carry out regular hearing tests for officers.
BTP claimed that despite the tinnitus compensation awarded to Mr Hall, “The force has never made a formal acceptance of liability for Mr Hall’s hearing damage.”
Claiming compensation for a work-related injury
For those who work in noisy or hazardous environments, work-related injuries are unfortunately a potential side-effect of the job. Your employer should take steps to provide you with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where necessary and health and safety training to ensure you are safe at work. Here are a few examples of the types of injury which could be sustained if these steps are not taken:
- Industrial deafness
- Hearing issues
- Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
- Respiratory issues (from inhaling chemicals)
If you think your employer has been negligent and has failed to keep you safe at work, it is worthwhile considering making a claim for compensation. The amount you are awarded will normally take into account any pain and suffering caused, loss of earnings due to time off work and expenses such as medical treatment or prescription medication you may have to take as a result of your injury.
How to make a claim
When it comes to making a claim for personal injury compensation, you want to ensure you’re well-informed. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 and we can answer all your questions and offer confidential, no-obligation advice. You can take the 30-second test on our website, to see how much you could be eligible to claim and rest safe in the knowledge that we have over 14 years’ experience dealing with claims for work-related injuries. Whether you have suffered a minor injury that has led to loss of earnings or been affected by an ongoing condition such as hearing loss, call us today and see how we can help you.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown