Hearing loss claims are one of the less usual cases that the personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline are asked to deal with. Fortunately, they have the experience and expertise to help clients with this complex area of personal injury law. If you suspect that your hearing has been damaged due to your work, then Accident Advice Helpline can help you to start a claim with an injury claim solicitor in Gorebridge. All you have to do is make the first contact via the website or on our 24/7 hotline and we will do the rest.
Why do people want to start claims for hearing loss?
People usually recognise that their hearing is damaged gradually; it can take a while for them to acknowledge that there is a problem. Some people decide that they want to start a claim with an injury claim solicitor in Gorebridge for hearing loss because they have noticed that:
- Conversation that used to be easy to hear is now difficult or impossible;
- People who live in the same household as them have started commenting that the radio or TV is very loud;
- They find it difficult to use a telephone;
- They find that they are not able to distinguish words when people are talking to them; and/or
- They have a permanent ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in their ears.
How do you know if you can start a claim for hearing loss?
You may be able to start a claim for hearing loss with an injury claim solicitor in Gorebridge if your employer has not taken the necessary steps to protect your hearing whilst you are at work. If you can show that your employer is at fault for your hearing loss, then you may be able to make a claim against them. They will probably have an employer’s liability insurance policy in place to help them pay out this sort of claim.
How can an employer be at fault for hearing loss cases?
An employer has a duty of care towards their employees and should take steps to protect their health and safety. In the case of protecting hearing loss, this would include:
- Identifying noise hazards by carrying out a comprehensive risk assessment;
- Estimating each employee’s likely exposure to noise;
- Identifying the measures that are needed to eliminate or reduce the hearing loss risks and controlling exposures and protect employees; and
- Recording the measures that will be taken in an action plan.
Once these initial stages have been achieved, there are several measures that the employer should put in place to prevent hearing loss claims arising, including:
- Eliminating or controlling the noise risk;
- Making sure that legal limits for noise exposure are not exceeded;
- Providing hearing protection measures;
- Providing training and supervision in when the hearing protection should be used and how to use it correctly; and
- Continually monitoring the noise protection measures.
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Date Published: 17th November 2013
Author: David Brown