Mr Perks was a former steel worker in the Black Country between the 1960s and 2002. He is now 63 and suffers with hearing loss and tinnitus which has been caused as a result of his exposure to excessive noise at work. Whilst Mr Perks was provided with hearing protection in approximately 2000, the damage caused by noise had already been done.
It was not until 2006 that Mr Perks came to realise a problem with his hearing when his wife started to point out that he was missing conversations and that the television was too loud. He has also since started to suffer with a constant high pitched whining known as tinnitus, also caused as a result of the noise to which he was exposed.
We were able to settle Mr Perks's claim against the former employers for the total sum of £9,500.
David Johnston-Keay of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors is pleased with the result. "Mr Perks worked in a heavy industry and was exposed to some very noisy equipment. Whilst his employers finally did something about the noise in around 2000, Mr Perks had already been working in the noise over 35 years and the damage caused was irreversible. The compensation which Mr Perks has accepted should go some way in helping him cope better with the condition, perhaps by giving him the means to buy some quality hearing aid. However, no amount of money will ever replace his hearing."
If you or a loved one has suffered from hearing damage such as acoustic shock, tinnitus, and noise-induced hearing loss caused by conditions at work our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.
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