Derived from the Latin word ‘tinnire’, meaning to ring or tinkle, tinnitus is a term used to describe the perception of sounds when there are no actual external sounds present corresponding to what is heard. Such sounds may be high, medium or low pitched. Some sufferers hear a single sound, while others may perceive a combination of several noises. Sounds may also be intermittent or continuous.
Causes of tinnitus
While the actual cause of tinnitus is not fully understood as yet, tinnitus is often associated with exposure to sudden or sustained excessive noises. Able to affect just about anyone, from young children to elderly individuals, it is often the result of work related accidents.
Employers are required to provide adequate ear protection to workers who are continually exposed to noises exceeding certain levels of volume. This may consist of ear plugs or headphone-like ear protectors, depending on the noise levels involved. In a similar fashion, employers are legally bound to ensure explosions causing loud bangs and potential fires are prevented by keeping equipment in proper working order and training employees in its use.
Employees suffering from tinnitus as the result of a work accident may be entitled to industrial injury compensation. This also applies to workers who suffer permanent or temporary industrial deafness. In order to qualify for injury compensation, the incident leading to the injury at work (and subsequent tinnitus or deafness) must be the fault of someone else. It must also have happened sometime within the past 36 months.
Compensation claims can be initiated by contacting a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline, for instance. This firm has specialised in personal injury compensation claims for almost 14 years. The advisers manning the company’s free phone number on 0800 689 0500 are highly experienced, friendly and helpful individuals who will keep calls strictly confidential. These advisers will begin by establishing whether a claim is justified and likely to succeed. Once this has been done, a solicitor will take over the case.
Paying for claim processes
To prevent adding financial worry to already stressful situations, all claims processed by the firm’s legal professionals are handled on a strict no win, no fee* agreement. This basically means that claimants pay nothing until a settlement has been agreed upon. Once the amount of the compensation to be paid has been decided, a percentage thereof is deducted to cover all fees, legal and otherwise, incurred during the claim process.
Date Published: January 31, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Industrial illness claims