Many of us are fortunate enough to be born with all of our senses intact and in full working order. Our sight, sense of smell, sense of taste, sense of touch, and our hearing are what keeps us in constant touch with the world and allows us to experience so many different things on a daily basis. However, some unfortunate people end up in situations each year whereby they have good reason to make industrial deafness claims. If you have had good hearing throughout your life, and you then lose it because of a situation you have experienced at work, it can be very hard to come to terms with the outcome.
Our ability to hear, known as audioception, is a wonderful gift and enables us to converse with our friends, listen to the sounds of nature, as well as music and so many other fantastic sounds. Imagine then what it must be like to lose that ability. Few can really imagine what it would be like. Wearing noise-cancelling headphones gives you a rough idea, but it is still hard to imagine you would hear very little or even nothing at all throughout every day of your life.
Learning more about industrial deafness claims
Those that have suffered hearing loss as a result of their job ask us to pursue compensation claims on their behalf. How you could develop industrial deafness is something that does not simply come down to one thing. There are a number of contributing factors that, combined, can lead to damaged hearing or a complete loss of hearing in extreme cases.
Some people may lose their hearing in one ear, while others may lose it in both ears. Sometimes, a partial loss may occur, while others might lose almost all their hearing. It depends on the unique factors of each situation, thus making it hard to determine whether industrial deafness claims will result in compensation until a professional lawyer looks at the facts of a case.
Have you been supplied with the right equipment?
The importance of personal protective clothing and equipment cannot be overstated. Regardless of whether you work out in the open or in a confined space, the use of specialist equipment to protect employees’ hearing is a must and failure to provide that equipment is a failure on your employer’s part. It must be appropriate protective equipment, too – not all ear defenders are of a good enough standard to block out the decibels resulting from doing a particular job.
Hence why employers usually conduct a risk assessment, as this is the best way to work out the level of noise involved with a job. This will guide them to choose the best personal protective equipment to protect the hearing of the people doing that job. Risk assessments should always be done for each job, too, so even if you have been issued with equipment for a previous job, your employer must ascertain it is still good enough for the next task you will do.
Your employer has legal responsibilities
Let us consider this: your employer’s responsibility to prevent you from developing industrial deafness is not something that they can pick or choose over. It is a legal responsibility as well as one heavily reliant on a sense of duty. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of employers in every job and industry take these responsibilities with great seriousness. They make sure all their employees are well protected and do not fall victim to loss of hearing that could lead to industrial deafness claims. Unfortunately, there are still a few people who have good cause to make such claims each year, possibly because their employers didn’t take ample care in this way.
Working in close proximity with loud machinery (indoors or outdoors) or any other kind of loud noise should carry with it detailed and strictly adhered-to health and safety procedures. This is in addition to continued access to, and use of, sound cancelling equipment. If this is not the case, and someone suffers damage to their hearing, it is possible they will have a good case to make for industrial deafness claims.
Pursuing a claim with Accident Advice Helpline
If you have suffered from a loss of hearing, or damage to your hearing, then you might want to consider claiming compensation for industrial deafness. This can be a nerve-wracking thing to start thinking about, especially as you may well feel vulnerable as you come to terms with your condition. However, if you were not at fault and your employer was, their negligence could act as clear proof that you have a good claim to make.
You may well be reading this now and thinking that the cost of claiming for industrial deafness is too much for you to justify. Firstly, it is worth taking into account that there is nothing that can compensate truly for the loss of or damage to your hearing. That said, you are entitled to compensation if the loss of hearing has had a deep and lasting impact on your life, which it undoubtedly will have done.
No concerns about financial issues
From a financial viewpoint, making a claim for industrial deafness can be done with Accident Advice Helpline on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that there is no money to pay in order to start the claim making process. Nothing would be incurred in solicitors’ fees if your claim didn’t reach the successful conclusion you are hoping for, thereby meaning you are not at risk of losing out from making industrial deafness claims.
Get in touch with us today at Accident Advice Helpline for more information on how to make a compensation claim in light of your industrial deafness. If you are not in a position to do it yourself, you can nominate someone to speak on your behalf. Our freephone landline number is 0800 689 0500 or you can contact us from a mobile by calling 0333 500 0993. Whatever you do, don’t leave it too late to claim. Call within three years of the incident and you will soon know whether you stand a chance of claiming anything.
Date Published: 24th August 2013
Author: David Brown