If you are suffering from tinnitus and your illness was caused by a current or past employer, then you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Tinnitus can be a debilitating injury. Many people who suffer from tinnitus are incapable of working or living their life as they should be able to. Tinnitus can also cause a range of mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. As a result, there is no quick fix for tinnitus. Treatment can take months, years, or it can remain with an individual for life.
If you are suffering from tinnitus, you should discuss your case with a workplace injury lawyer, to ascertain your eligibility for compensation.
What factors could affect by ability to make a claim for tinnitus?
The one thing that could affect your ability to claim is your Date of Limitation, otherwise known as your Date of Knowledge. This is the date your tinnitus first became clear, or the date that your tinnitus was linked to past or present employment. You only have three years to make your claim from this Date, after which your claim will be time-barred or statute barred under UK law. A workplace injury lawyer may be able to extend this if your case has exceptional circumstances, however most of the time the three year time limit applies.
How much compensation can I claim for tinnitus?
This depends very much on the extent of your tinnitus. The worse your symptoms are, and the bigger the impact your tinnitus will have on your life, the more you can claim.
For example, you could receive over £20,000 for total hearing loss in one or both ears, but you would only receive a tenth of that for very minor tinnitus or slight hearing loss.
In addition to compensation for your tinnitus, you can also claim back any financial losses that are related to your illness. You can claim back lost income including overtime and any related out of pocket expenses. So for example, if you have been left unable to work for six months and you will be unable to work for at least another six, you can expect 12 months’ worth or wages in addition to your personal injury compensation. You can also claim back travel expenses or medical expenses that you have had to pay yourself.
How do I find a good workplace injury lawyer for tinnitus claims?
You can find a good workplace injury lawyer right here at Nationwide Injury Lawyers. We are a law firm with our own in-house lawyers. We can help you get your life back on track and win you the compensation that you deserve. Call us today for free on 0800 157 1437.