Industrial Disease Claims

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Claims

Working in a noisy workplace without the right protection or guidance can cause serious damage to your hearing. There are a number of long-term effects associated with industrial deafness and it’s often difficult to know how to cope with them. 

Our solicitors specialise in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) claims, so we know exactly how to help you get the support and compensation you deserve. We have years of experience holding employers to account, investigating claims that are sometimes decades old.

We've helped clients to claim after they were exposed to excessive noise in a range of industries, including:

Importantly, you can still claim hearing loss compensation if the company you worked for is no longer in business. We’ll find out who your employer’s insurers were and will make contact with them about your hearing loss case.

Call us today on 0800 056 4110 to discuss your case in an initial free consultation.

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Industrial Deafness Claims - More Info
    • Are There Any Time Limits For Making A Claim?
    • You have three years to make a compensation claim from the date you first became aware of your hearing loss symptoms, or if you believe they have been caused by your previous work environment.

      This means that you can start a claim many years after you stopped working at the company in question, as long as you didn’t notice the extent of your hearing problems until much later.

    • Will I Lose My Job If I Claim Against My Employers?
    • If you wish to make a claim against your current employer, then any compensation would be paid by their insurer. It has been compulsory to have insurance for many years, so it’s highly likely that they will have this in place. There are also legal safeguards in place to protect you from unfair dismissal.

      This basically means that your employer must be able to justify their reason for dismissing you in relation to your claim, which is highly unlikely. If you want to discuss this subject in more detail, our industrial deafness solicitors will be able to talk you through your rights and what you can expect.

    • How Can Irwin Mitchell Help?
    • We have a team of dedicated, experienced workplace illness solicitors who believe passionately that employees have the right to work in a safe environment. We fund most cases on a No Win No Fee basis, which means that you won’t have to pay any legal fees unless your claim is successful.

      Our specialist team has helped many clients to claim compensation for a range of hearing conditions, including noise-induced hearing loss, acoustic shock and tinnitus. We have a great deal of experience in handling claims of this kind and know the sorts of issues that you and your family may be facing.

      We also have a team of specialist employment solicitors who can advise you on your employment rights if you’re worried about taking your employers to court.

    • Meet The Experts
    • Our workplace illness department is one of the largest in the country and regularly praised by independent legal guides. You can rely on us to ensure that you receive the medical support and compensation that you deserve. 

      Take a look at our team of hearing loss specialists.

It was incredible, impressive and comforting how each member of the team was there to support us at different times."

Mr R, Northumberland

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Symptoms Of Industrial Deafness?

You may have suffered noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) after using power tools or machinery for long periods of time without the proper protection for your ears. The most common symptoms...

...of occupational deafness can include difficulty when hearing the TV or radio, asking people to repeat themselves, sounds being distorted and tinnitus. However, these often won’t become obvious for a number of years, developing over a long period of time.

This means that your symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss are sometimes mistaken for the effects of aging when in fact, they were caused by you being exposed to loud noise that could have happened many years ago.

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Can I Claim Compensation For Hearing Loss?

Businesses have a responsibility to provide their employees with the right protective equipment, training and advice to prevent hearing loss, especially if they’re spending a significant part of their day in a noisy environment. Deafness is permanent, so it’s incredibly important that...

...employers follow the right procedures to minimise the risk of their workers developing industrial hearing loss. If you suffer from hearing problems and you’re concerned that they were caused by your employer’s negligence, our specialist workplace illness solicitors may be able to help.

We’ll get advice from a medical expert to confirm the severity of your hearing loss, then we’ll begin to investigate your employment history, gathering evidence and witness statements from the people involved to prove that your employer’s actions were to blame.

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How Can I Prove My Hearing Loss Isn't Just Down To Age?

Collecting the evidence to prove that your hearing loss symptoms were caused by a previous working environment may seem tricky. However, we have many years of experience in these types of claims and have recovered many pieces of evidence for clients to help…

...them successfully claim compensation. We rely on three main pieces of evidence which help support your claim that you were exposed to a noisy working environment without the proper precautions taken for your safety. These include:

  • Medical records
  • Witness statements to help prove what happened to you
  • Documents concerning work practices - as these can be from several decades ago, they can prove to be tricky to get hold of. However, we will do everything in our power to search for and obtain copies of these documents if available, as they will be accepted as evidence in your claim
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Industrial deafness support - getting you the care you need.

As well as fighting for the right compensation for you, we can also help you to access the support and help you need to recover or come to terms with your hearing loss.

For more information, visit our rehabilitation and support pages

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