In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people seeking tinnitus advice from us. As one of the leading personal injury law firms in the UK, we at Accident Advice Helpline always strive to provide factual and relevant information to all our clients.
Tinnitus is a type of hearing damage caused by exposure to continuous noise for a long period of time. It is particularly common among people who work in noisy environments. Tinnitus is often one of the complaints included in an industrial deafness claim or a claim for noise-induced hearing loss.
Symptoms of tinnitus
Symptoms include hissing, buzzing or ringing sounds in one or both ears. The noise can be constant or intermittent and are more noticeable when there is quiet, especially at night. In extreme cases tinnitus can be disruptive and may hamper the sufferer’s daily activities. It can also lead to difficulty in falling asleep.
In mild cases, the ringing sounds in the ears normally clear up after a few hours. This is why some workers ignore the symptoms until they worsen.
Basis of a tinnitus claim
If you are suffering from tinnitus and you suspect your occupation is to blame, you should talk to Accident Advice Helpline. You might have a valid case for compensation if you can prove that someone’s negligence is to blame for your injury. Usually, your current or former employer will be held responsible for not taking appropriate measures to protect you, such as providing protective equipment.
What to do once you notice the symptoms of tinnitus
We always advise our clients to follow these steps as soon as they notice symptoms associated with tinnitus:
- Consult a medical practitioner and get a hearing test done by an audiologist.
- Keep a diary of the symptoms you are experiencing. This will come in handy when speaking to a personal injury solicitor and will help to demonstrate the impact the injury has had on your life.
- Contact a tinnitus injury specialist solicitor to make your claim. There is a time limit for making such claims. In the UK, this is usually three years from the date you realise your hearing has been damaged.
What compensation can I receive for my tinnitus claim?
The amount of compensation you can expect to receive depends on the severity of your tinnitus, as well as your reaction to the hearing damage. Your solicitor will take into consideration how frequent and disruptive the symptoms are and whether they interfere with your sleep.
Compensation can be awarded for:
- General damages – this refers to the physical and psychological distress caused by tinnitus.
- Special damages – this refers to any past losses you have incurred, together with any future losses expected because of the injury. This may include loss of earnings, the cost of purchasing hearing aids and the cost of training to help you cope with the tinnitus.
For more tinnitus advice we suggest you contact us using the claim form on our website. You can also reach us via our 24-hour helpline on 0800 180 4123 or by dialling 0333 500 0992 on your mobile phone.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Industrial illness claims