Industrial deafness is something that can affect you if you are regularly exposed to high levels of noise at work. If you’ve suffered from hearing loss related to your job then you may be wondering if you’re eligible to claim personal injury compensation. There are rules and regulations in place to keep you safe at work and if your employer breaches these then you could make a 100% no-win, no-fee claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Searching online for hearing loss compensation tables won’t always give you the most up-to-date information, but it may be helpful if you’re looking for an idea of how much compensation you could receive.
What is industrial deafness?
Some people looking for hearing loss compensation tables are doing so because they have suffered industrial deafness. Over 11 million people in the UK suffer from some form of hearing loss, with around one in 10 UK adults experiencing tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Industrial deafness could be a risk if you are frequently working in an environment where you are exposed to noise above 80dB.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 states that employers must assess the risks to employees and take action to reduce noise exposure. They must also ensure they provide PPE where noise exceeds certain levels. Here are some of the values which noise should not exceed in the workplace:
- Lower exposure action values – Daily/weekly exposure of 80dB
- Upper exposure action values – Daily/weekly exposure of 85dB
- Exposure limit values which must not be exceeded – Daily/weekly values of 87dB
PPE must be provided for all noise exceeding 80dB that employees are exposed to on a daily or weekly basis, to reduce the risk of industrial deafness occurring.
Symptoms of industrial deafness
Many people don’t admit that they have a problem with their hearing for many years, but it is best to seek medical advice as soon as possible if you notice any of these symptoms after exposure to noise at work:
- Ringing, buzzing, roaring, ticking or hissing in the ears, all signs of tinnitus
- Temporary or permanent lack of hearing
- Missing words or full sentences in a conversation
- Struggling to hear speech when there’s background noise
- Turning up the TV or radio high to hear properly
Temporary hearing loss may be treatable if further exposure to noise is minimised, so it’s a good idea to see your GP as soon as possible if you have suffered work-related hearing loss.
How big a problem is work-related hearing loss?
Did you know that in 2006/07 there were 175 cases of noise-induced deafness which qualified for disability benefit? Or that 21,000 people suffered from work-related hearing problems in 2007/08, according to figures from the HSE? A negligent employer who fails to protect their staff could put their hearing at risk, and if you have suffered work-related hearing loss then you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim within three years of your accident.
Are you looking for hearing loss compensation tables?
Hearing loss compensation tables can give you an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to, but it is important to use the most up-to-date information that you can find. There are varying degrees of deafness and every claim is different, so the information you will find in hearing loss compensation tables online is designed as a rough guide only.
If you have suffered from industrial deafness then settlement amounts can range from £4,000 to £70,000 or even more in some cases – it will depend on the severity of your hearing loss, whether it has affected one or both ears and whether it is temporary or permanent. Claims can also be made for tinnitus, which can be caused by exposure to noise in an industrial environment. In fact it’s estimated that 4.7 million people in the UK suffer from tinnitus and one in four people fail to recognise the symptoms.
For an indication of how much claims for hearing loss may be awarded, it’s worth looking at the hearing loss compensation tables published by the Judicial Studies Board Guidance, which places injuries and compensation amounts into several categories.
- Total deafness and loss of speech: £78,300 – £100,500
- Total deafness: £64,800 – £78,300
- Total hearing loss in one ear: £22,350 – £32,500
- Partial hearing loss and/or tinnitus: £21,250 – £32,500
- Moderate tinnitus and hearing loss: £10,600 – £21,250
- Slight hearing loss without tinnitus/slight tinnitus without hearing loss: Up to £5,000
Of course these are just guidelines and the actual amount you will receive will depend on how your hearing loss has affected your life. These are figures for general damages but you will also be eligible to claim compensation for special damages. This includes financial losses such as:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
- Cost of hearing aids
- Travel costs
- Care claims
Claiming compensation needs to happen within three years of your accident, in order for you to be eligible, and you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline for advice at any point.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
Rather than relying on hearing loss compensation tables to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to, you can take the 30-second test here on our website today. This will give you an idea of what you may be able to claim. The next step is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim. Whether your employer has risked your hearing by failing to carry out workplace assessments or provide PPE or you have been exposed to noise that has caused tinnitus, we can help you to claim the compensation you are entitled to.
Compensation for hearing loss may also include compensation for future impact on your earnings – for example hearing loss may affect your employability in future, and this will be taken into consideration when you make a claim with us. There is no obligation to proceed with a claim at any point so get in touch with us today for confidential advice from our team of friendly, helpful advisors.
Date Published: 30th August 2013