How is the diagnosis for noise induced hearing loss or industrial deafness made?
A diagnosis for noise induced hearing loss can be made once you have had a hearing test. Usually, that hearing test will be analysed by a consultant to determine whether you have suffered any noise induced hearing loss, although our experienced solicitors may be able to point you in the right direction as well.
Who is responsible for causing my industrial deafness?
The companies which have exposed you to excessive noise in the past are responsible for causing your hearing loss, provided it can be linked to exposure to excessive noise.
I worked for a number of different employers at various sites where noise could have caused my deafness. Which previous employer would I claim against?
Potentially, you would be able to claim against all of them. However much will depend upon the circumstances of your exposure to noise, how many companies you worked for and for how long you worked at each company.
How much compensation can I claim for industrial deafness/noise induced hearing loss?
Compensation for noise induced hearing loss varies greatly from the most minor cases which may only result in a few of thousand pounds to the most severe cases of people suffering from catastrophic tinnitus as well as hearing loss which can see awards for injuries alone of in the region £30,000. Additional claims for cost of hearing aids, tinnitus treatment and disadvantage on the labour market, amongst others, can be made.
How long does it take to settle an industrial deafness/noise induced hearing loss claim?
The length of time of your case will depend upon a number of factors including whether the companies against which you seek compensation are still in existence, whether we can locate employer’s liability insurer details, how long it takes HMRC to send to us an accurate record of your work history, how many employers you are seeking to claim against and whether they choose to defend your claim or not. Typically, a short claim against one employer who admits liability and pays compensation early can be resolved within 12, but a long claim against many employers some of whom no longer exist and which is fought to trial, can take in the region of 3 years.
If I claim do I have to have an ear examination?
Does it cost to claim for industrial deafness/noise induced hearing loss?
With EAD, you will never be required to make a payment out of your pocket. Your claim will be run on a no win no fee basis which means you will not have to make any payment unless your claim wins. If your claim wins you may be required to pay up to 25% from your compensation towards your legal fees and in some circumstances, you may be advised to take out an after the event insurance policy to protect your damages and cover the cost of fees incurred along the way. All of these points will be explained to you by your solicitor.
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