Work Place Illness solicitors at Irwin Mitchell have helped a man to claim compensation from his previous employer for hearing loss.
The man, now 74, had worked for a contracting company between 1972 and 2003. During a typical working day he was exposed to excessive levels of noise from compressors, dumpers, stihl saws and jack hammers.
He recalls shouting to communicate with his colleagues and often having to use hand signals because their voices could not be heard, even when working only a few feet apart. He would work 40 hours per week and occasionally do overtime in these conditions, with no ear protection.
Over time, the man noticed that his hearing was deteriorating. He struggled to follow conversations when there was any background noise and found he had to turn the volume on his TV and telephone. He also noticed a constant buzzing noise in both ears.
The man contacted Irwin Mitchell and was helped by work place illness specialist Sarah Tagg, to make a claim against his former employer.
Sarah Tagg instructed a medical expert to provide a report regarding his hearing loss. It was found that the man’s hearing had been damaged significantly during his employment and that this could have been prevented with the provision of ear protection.
The man has also been told that he will need a hearing aid in the future as his hearing deteriorates further.
The case settled for just under £4000 in compensation.
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