A tinnitus accident claim is a claim that attempts to obtain compensation for an accident, workplace injury or some other trauma that has caused this disorder. There are many causes of tinnitus, with the most common being an accident that resulted in head trauma. There is not much scientific explanation as to why the brain changes to adapt to the sound. Accident Advice Helpline will provide you with free personal injury advice and if you wish to pursue a tinnitus accident claim with us there will be no upfront charges, as all of our solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee, basis. You can get the process started today by calling our free 24-hour helpline.
Constant exposure in the workplace
Although the most common causes of tinnitus are due to loud noise, it can be caused by regular exposure to noise in the workplace. This is common in industrial factories where excessive noise is the norm. Continuous excessive noise also can lead to occupational hearing loss so it is common that when the beginning stages of hearing loss start, there are also initial symptoms of tinnitus.
Immediately after leaving a noisy factory or even a nightclub with loud music, you will hear ringing in your ears. In most instances, this ringing dissipates after several hours. This is not considered tinnitus and is the short-term effect of exposure to excessive noise – known as phase change.
The primary symptom of the disorder is often described as being a buzzing, hissing or ringing sound that occurs in one or both ears of the patient. The sound can be continuous or intermittent and is most noticeable when a room is quiet. Most sufferers hear the noises at night thus preventing them from getting a good night’s sleep. In the most severe instances of tinnitus, daily activities can be disrupted due to the sound.
How do the symptoms start
The most common first symptom you will notice is not quite hearing what individuals are saying to you, especially when background noise is present. Other clear indicators are when friends or family members complain about the television being too loud or you struggle to hear visitors at the door or the telephone ringing. In most patients, immediately after they notice hearing loss issues, they notice a ringing in one ear that occurs intermittently. The noise eventually becomes more regular and constant. Then the problem spreads to the other ear. This is the beginning of tinnitus.
Requirements for a claim
The potential for a claim can be determined by simply calling Accident Advice Helpline. It is important to be prepared when you call. First, make sure to have photographs of the injuries and the area where the injuries occurred. Second, go to a doctor and get an official medical report that highlights these injuries. Third, make sure the injuries have occurred within the past three years.
The second step is to keep a diary of the symptoms should you make a claim. The diary will help you remember when the symptoms first occurred and can be provided to a medical professional later. The legal professional will need to discuss your condition with the medical expert should you decide to make a claim and prove your condition to the court. Finally, please determine if you have ever worked in a noisy environment. If the answer is yes then you may be entitled to compensation.
For more information about pursuing a tinnitus accident claim, contact us today at 0800 689 0500. One of our advisors can give you the advice you need, and if we feel that you have a case then we will pass you on to one of our expert solicitors.
Date Published: October 19, 2014
Author: David Brown