Before going into detail about the compensation amount that you may be eligible to receive for a tinnitus from work claim, you should know that there are a number of methods of funding such a claim, including financial support from a trade union and private pay. Additionally, if you decide to approach professional solicitors, you can benefit from Conditional Fee Agreements, also known as no win no fee agreements. These types of agreements are typically accompanied by insurance policies, which allow you to pursue your claim without the risk of having to cover legal expenses.
What amount of damages can you claim for tinnitus?
Similarly to any other personal injury claim, the compensation award you may receive for tinnitus depends on the severity of your condition, medical expenses, and financial losses associated with your condition. The compensation amount for tinnitus is usually negotiated based on how loud and how frequent the tinnitus is.
If your condition interferes with your daily activities – for instance, it disturbs your sleep or prevents you from listening to the news – you can get a high compensatory award. This is because the disability associated with this condition is judged not only by the degree of tinnitus, but also by the degree of hearing loss, which is particularly relevant because it affects people permanently.
Based on severity, the British Association of Otolaryngologists has divided tinnitus into four different categories: slight, mild, moderate, and severe. For slight tinnitus, you may receive a compensation award between £4,850 and £8,250. Mild tinnitus can bring you between £8,250 and £9,750. The compensation settlement for moderate tinnitus ranges from £9,750 to £19,500. For severe tinnitus, tribunals may decide to offer you between £19,500 and £30,000.
These compensation awards comprise past and future loss of earnings as a result of developing this condition, and special damages, which usually include the costs of hearing aids, compensation for potential disadvantages on the labour market, and counselling to cope with your condition. Considering all these, it is clear that courts take tinnitus seriously.
Making a tinnitus from work claim
If you suffer from tinnitus, you should look for the best personal injury specialists, who are not only willing, but also able to handle your case. At Accident Advice Helpline, we provide free legal advice to anyone who wants to make a tinnitus from work claim. If you intend to file such a claim, it is very important to know that tinnitus can arise naturally from the ageing process. Thus, to make sure that your claim will be considered, it is necessary to get medical evidence confirming that your condition is the direct result of exposure to occupational noise. We will help you to gather the rest of the documents that you need in order to prove that your employer is responsible for your injury.
By calling our Freephone number 0800 689 0500, you can get in touch with one of our friendly advisers to discuss the details of your case in complete confidence. Since we value our clients highly, we are happy to arrange future meetings at your convenience, over the phone or at our office.
Date Published: November 29, 2013
Author: David Brown