Irwin Mitchell’s specialised work place illness team has helped a 69 year old man from Birmingham claim compensation after he suffered a loss of hearing as a result of working with machinery without ear protection.
Our client worked with a company between 1972 and 1990. During a typical day he would be working with compressors valves, drills, grinders and presses for stamping plates. In order for him to communicate with other employees, he would have to shout and often use hand signals even though his colleagues were only a few feet away. Throughout his employment he was never given any ear protection despite the excessive amount of noise.
He found out later in life, his hearing was deteriorating and now struggles to follow conversations if there is any background noise. He has also found that he needs to turn up the volume on his TV and telephone to a very high level. He also continues to suffer with a buzzing noise in both ears.
Our client decided to contact Irwin Mitchell’s specialised work place illness team and one of our experienced legal professionals, Sarah Tagg, was able to deal with his claim. Sarah was able to get expert medical advice to provide further details regarding the man’s hearing loss. It was found that our client’s hearing was damaged significantly during his period of employment. This could have been prevented with the provision of ear protection during his employment. With this information Sarah was able to secure our client £3,000 in compensation.
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