Industrial Hearing Loss and Industrial Deafness Claims

What is Industrial Deafness?

Industrial deafness is the term used to describe the deterioration of someone’s hearing due to conditions in their workplace. If you have worked in a noisy environment perhaps with or near particularly loud and noisy machinery or tools you may be at risk of industrial deafness.

You and your family may have noticed some changes in your hearing, such as your increasing the volume on the television or radio, or not hearing someone when they call you from another room. You could be suffering from Industrial Deafness, which is classed as an Industrial Disease.

Our hearing can be damaged by consistent exposure to noise over 90 decibels. It is widely thought that for any damage to occur, there should be consistent exposure to noise above 90 decibels for around 8 hours per day, five days a week over a period of a few years.

 

Which employees are most likely to be at risk of developing Industrial Deafness?

Any employee who is exposed to noise or noisy machinery or tools as part of their role could be at risk of developing Industrial Deafness. They could include:

-    Those working in quarries, foundries, mills or dockyards

-    Anyone working in the construction industry

-    Those who have jobs in a factory or manufacturing plant

-    Engineering tradespeople

This list is not exhaustive, and just because the industry that you work/worked in is not listed, it does not mean you are unable to make a claim for compensation if your workplace has caused your deafness.

Your employers have a responsibility to reduce the level of noise within the workplace to a reasonable standard. Ways they can do this is by taking measures such as installing soundproofing materials and by ensuring that all machinery is running as efficiently as possible and in a good state of repair, for example.

Other reasonable measures that could be expected from any employer to reduce the risk of Industrial Deafness include providing PPE such as noise reducing ear defenders and if there are any particular areas within the workplace that are deemed to be ‘locations of high noise’, then these should be signposted clearly, and risk assessments should also be completed on an ongoing basis, for example.

If part of your job involves you being exposed to a high level of noise and is unavoidable, then it is imperative that you are provided with the necessary training as to how to minimise your personal risk of this condition. Your employer has a responsibility to provide this to you.

 

Can I make a compensation Claim for Industrial Deafness?   What may I be entitled to claim for if I am suffering from Industrial Deafness?

From T G Baynes’ vast experience in managing Industrial Diseases claims, it is clear that due to their individual nature, said claims for Industrial Diseases vary in severity, and this is also the case for a claim for Industrial Deafness.

We can say that the more severe and debilitating that the Industrial Deafness is the more compensation could be awarded, but that each case and claim is different in many ways and individual to the person bringing it. Your dedicated T G Baynes solicitor will be able to advise you further as your claim progresses.

 

How do I make a Compensation claim for Industrial Deafness?

The expert team at T G Baynes understand how frightened you and your family may be feeling at this time, and that there are likely to be a lot of ‘unknowns’ out there for you in the future. We are experienced in helping people make a compensation claim for Industrial Deafness caused by dangerous or unsafe conditions within the workplace and endeavour to support you all in any way we can.

By nature, Industrial Disease claims can sometimes be more complicated than other personal injury claims, often due to the amount of information that needs to be gathered as part of the claim, and from external parties. We will likely have to employ the services of an industry expert for their advice as evidence is needed to prove a link between the Industrial Deafness and your current or previous employment.

Our solicitors will guide you through the process of making a claim and will ensure that they have all the details they need about your previous or current employment and your job, as well as the circumstances of how you believe the Industrial Deafness was caused and the impact it has had on you and your family.

We will advise what we can do on your behalf to claim the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to. We will listen to your needs and concerns at this difficult time whilst advising you of the most appropriate legal process to follow to ensure the right result for you. You are always given all the facts you need to make informed decisions about your claim.

T G Baynes can offer No Win No Fee Agreements (CFAs) on qualifying cases.  If you would like to speak to us about making a  Compensation Claim, please call us on 020 8301 7777 or email info@tgbaynes.com