If you have suffered hearing loss at work, whether it be because of a single incident or because of prolonged exposure to loud noises, then you may be eligible for compensation.
All employers in the United Kingdom are responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees at work. The Health and Safety Executive makes it very clear under The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 that employees working within an environment that exceeds 85 decibels must be proved with hearing protection and hearing safe zones. If at any stage of your employment you were not provided with these, then you will have a strong claim and you should seek out legal advice from accident compensation solicitors.
Am I eligible for compensation?
There are two factors to considering when establishing your eligibility for compensation:
- The date your hearing loss first became clear: You only have three years from the date your hearing loss or deafness was first diagnosed to make a claim. This is known as your Date of Knowledge. If your hearing loss happened some time ago, however, it may still be possible to make a historic claim so you should seek legal advice.
- Your level of liability: To be eligible for compensation for deafness at work, your employer must be in some way liable for your illness. This is almost always the case with deafness at work claims because in a number of industries, such as construction and agriculture, there is an unfortunate culture of lacking health and safety practices. However even where an employer follows all the rules, it is still possible to make a claim with accident compensation solicitors. Your solicitor will investigate your employer’s practices fully and hold your employer accountable if it is found that they failed in their legal duty to protect you.
How much compensation could I be entitled to?
This very much depends on the extent of your hearing loss. The more severe your hearing loss is, then the more compensation you can realistically expect. Your Accident compensation solicitors will also review past cases to calculate a fair compensation pay-out.
For example, if you have suffered partial hearing loss in one ear, then you may receive a pay-out of a few thousand pounds. But if you have suffered complete hearing loss in both ears, then you can expect a pay-out worth well over £30,000.
Get advice from accident compensation solicitors today
To get a better estimated pay-out for your hearing loss, call our Freephone claims helpline today on 0800 157 1437. Our helpline is offered with no obligation and you can get answers to all your claims-related questions and get better informed on your legal rights.