Irwin Mitchell’s specialised workplace accidents team has helped a 54-year-old man claim compensation after he suffered a hearing loss due to working closely to machinery without any ear protection.
Our client was employed by United Yeast/Guinness over a period between 1975 and 1991. During a typical working day, our client would operate panel beating machines and was exposed to noise from engines revving in the workshop. In order to communicate with colleagues he would often have to shout and use hand signals even though they were only a few feet away.
Whilst employed at the company our client was never given any ear protection.
In later life our client felt that his hearing was deteriorating and he now struggles following conversations if there is any background noise. Our client has found that he needs to turn up the volume on both his TV and telephone and suffers with a constant buzzing noise in both ears.
Our client decided to contact Irwin Mitchell’s specialised workplace accidents team and one of our legal professionals, Sarah Tagg, was able to deal with his claim. Sarah was able to get a medical expert to provide a report on the client’s hearing loss.
It was found that our client’s hearing had been damaged significantly during his period of employment and this could have been prevented with the provision of ear protection. With this, Sarah was able to secure the client £7,000 in compensation.
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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