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Birmingham Factory Worker Secures Payment for Industrial Deafness

Our client was employed by Concentric Controls Limited as a Machine Operator at their factory which was located on Priory Road in Aston, Birmingham.

He worked at the site between 1967 until 2002, where gas pipes and parts for domestic cookers were manufactured.

He operated metal boring machines which generated a huge amount of noise.  There was also other engineering machinery close to him such as drilling and milling machines which created a lot of noise.  At no time was our client provided with hearing protection and the company never warned him that noise could permanently damage his hearing.

Our client began to notice that his hearing had reduced when family members would comment that he would frequently ask them to repeat themselves.  At the time our client, who is 65 years old, put his hearing problems down to getting older but when he went for a hearing test, he was told that the results indicated that his hearing had been damaged by noise.

Our client approached us to act on his behalf in a claim for compensation against his former employer and he was represented by Mark Lennon, a Solicitor in Irwin Mitchell's workplace injury team in Birmingham who specialises in noise induced deafness cases.

We were able to successfully obtain for our client a four figure sum from the company’s insurers in compensation for his hearing loss caused by noise exposure.

Mark said: “I am very pleased to be able to secure compensation on my client’s behalf.  It was a difficult case where the company no longer exist so there were problems in identifying the correct insurers and no documents relating to our client’s employment were retained.

"Ultimately, our client’s evidence, that he was exposed to noise for nearly 35 years without hearing protection, was accepted and the company’s  insurers agreed to settle his claim for 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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