Have you suffered noise-induced hearing loss that wasn’t your fault?
At work we put our health and safety in the hands of our employers. We trust that we can carry out our duties in a manner that does not affect our long-term health and well-being. Unfortunately, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, Acoustic Shock, and Tinnitus are all preventable conditions that can be caused by excessive exposure to noise in the workplace.
Hearing is sensitive and tends to be something we take for granted. As noise exposure is the single biggest cause of hearing loss, it needs to be taken seriously by employers. It’s therefore shocking to know that exposure to noise at work remains one of the biggest causes of adult-onset deafness – a clear sign that not enough action is being taken by employers to ensure employees are protected from the dangers of their working environment.
Examples of workplaces that have been responsible for causing hearing impairment include:
- Textile manufacturing
- Car manufacturing
- Road drilling
Common forms of hearing-related claims
Hearing damage and loss can have a significant impact on your overall well-being. The type of hearing loss you have experienced can be categorized depending on your symptoms, and varies in severity, from slight or occasional hearing loss, to complete hearing loss in one or both ears. If you are unsure which hearing-related issue applies to you, you should visit your doctor for a formal diagnosis. Attwood Solicitors can help bring claims on your behalf for:
- Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL): experienced as muffled, or deadened sounds, or difficulty in hearing, especially in crowded environments or speech sounds. NIHL tends to occur as a result of long-term excessive noise exposure without adequate protection, for example the provision and use of ear defenders.
- Acoustic Shock: this form of hearing impairment often arises following a one-off excessive noise incident and can be temporary or permanent.
- Tinnitus: ringing or buzzing in the ears, likely to have been caused by long-term noise exposure.
No two hearing loss claims are the same, and each claimant will likely have differing levels of pain and suffering. Our specialist team of Workplace Hearing Loss Solicitors can give you free initial advice to help you understand if you have an industrial deafness claim. On establishing that you are eligible for compensation, we will work with you and your doctor to assess the severity of your case, and what amount of compensation you should expect to receive for your suffering.
It is not unusual for your hearing impairment to only become obvious years later, when perhaps you have retired or moved into another area of employment. Our solicitors understand this, and will discuss your employment history and instances where the hearing damage could have been caused with you, to enable you to get to the root of your difficulties.
We understand that this can be a difficult and distressing time, and making a claim for compensation may be the last thing you want to think about, but we would urge you to get the ball rolling and establish if you are eligible for compensation as soon as possible.
Claims can take considerable time to conclude, and in the meantime, your finances could be severely stretched. We deal with most cases on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis, leaving you to focus on your recovery, rather than worrying about legal costs.
Attwood Solicitors will work hard to ensure a fast resolution for your case, without adding further hassle or stress to your life. Contact us today for a free consultation, expert advice, and support with your claim.
Determining liability is the first step in a Personal Injury case, and evidence will be required to prove that a third party was responsible for any injury or illness for which you are seeking compensation.
If you are unsure who is liable, or you are struggling to collect evidence, but still believe that you deserve compensation for your injuries, get in touch with our team immediately. We may be able to help build your case by talking with witnesses, experts, or other stakeholders to establish the facts.
After you’ve been suffered noise-induced hearing loss due to negligence in the workplace, it’s understandable that your main objective will be to recover from your experience and put it behind you. Claiming compensation for your accident is often a good way of doing this, as it not only provides financial support at a time when you need it the most, but should also help you feel that justice has been served.
We work tirelessly to ensure that each client is awarded the maximum compensation possible for their case. If you are successful in your claim, you may be awarded compensation for one or more of the following:
- The injury sustained, including physical and mental damage. Compensation is awarded based on pain, suffering, and inability to resume ‘normal’ life.
- Financial losses, including loss of earnings since the accident. Loss of potential future earnings may also be considered.
- Out-of-pocket expenses including care costs, medical costs, travel to medical appointments and home help. (Please note: It’s important to keep any receipts for out-of-pocket expenses so that they can be included in any claim).
- Future needs – It may be necessary to make adjustments in the future, such as adaptations at home, which may also be claimed for.
Our experience and expertise in Personal Injury cases will help you to secure the compensation you deserve.
If you have sustained a personal injury, seeking compensation may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s important to be aware that there are time limits for taking legal action. Don’t worry, we understand that it may be difficult for you to talk about what has happened, but please rest-assured that our sympathetic team is here to support you, and will make the process as simple and straightforward as possible.
We will take some basic details and information about what has happened, before introducing you to a carefully selected solicitor who specialises in your type of claim. They will then guide you through the rest of the process. (You can find out more about what that involves in the Attwood Solicitor’sGuide to Personal Injury Claims).
We deal with most cases under a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as ‘No win, No fee’. This means:
- No upfront payments
- Nothing to pay if your claim does not succeed
- No risk
- Lack of funds will not prohibit you from making a claim
There are many companies offering support for Personal Injury claims, but before you decide which one you trust to secure the best outcome for your case, here are some things you that you should know about Attwood Solicitors:
- We are Personal Injury Specialists – that means we focus solely on ONE area of specialism, rather than trying to be a Jack of All Trades. As such, our expertise is unrivalled.
- We are committed to processing your claim to the best of our ability, ensuring the best outcome for you, in the least stressful way possible.
- We have a huge depth of experience and wide-ranging case history, which means that we can offer the best legal knowledge to support your claim.
- We have a proven track record of successful claims and are proud of our reputation as leaders in our field.
- We believe you have suffered enough already, and therefore undertake all Personal Injury Claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.
- We believe you should have your own appointed Legal Expert to ensure continuity of care and tailored support.
- We offer a sympathetic and supportive approach, understanding that you have been through, and are still going through, a difficult time.
- We believe that open and honest communication is the key to a successful client relationship, and will keep you informed throughout, with clear and precise information.
- We offer a free initial consultation where we will be honest with you about the likely success of your claim.
- Our integrity is paramount, and we therefore offer our expertise in a caring and considerate way, where all decisions are made in the best interests of the client.
- We will guide you and fight your corner for you, making the process as stress-free as possible.