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Man Suffering Hearing Loss Due To Noise Exposure At Work Receives Compensation

Irwin Mitchell has secured a four figure settlement for a man who suffered hearing loss due to exposure to noise over 30 years.

Mr B was employed by Birmingham Battery and Metal Co Ltd as a charge hand, and later a foreman, at their factory located on Bristol Road, Selly Oak in Birmingham.

Our client worked at the site between 1957 and 1988, where non-ferrous copper and brass tubing were manufactured.

He worked in an open plan mill where draw benches with drills, open 16 inch saws and overhead cranes were being used.  There were also other employees using sledge hammers and hand tools close to him which created a lot of noise.

Mr B was only provided with ear plugs for the first time in 1986, by which time permanent damage to our client’s hearing had already been done.

Our client began to notice that his hearing had reduced in 1996 but just attributed the problem to ear wax. In 2011, when family members started to comment that Mr B would frequently ask them to repeat themselves, our client realised he had a problem with his hearing. Mr B had a hearing test in November 2011 and was told by the audiologist that he was suffering from noise induced hearing loss.

Mr B approached us to act on his behalf in a claim for compensation against his former employer and was represented by Reiss Matthews, a Lawyer in Irwin Mitchell's Birmingham office, specialising in workplace illness.

Irwin Mitchell was able to obtain a four figure sum for the client, in compensation for his hearing loss caused by noise exposure. Reiss said:

“I am very pleased to be able to secure compensation on my client’s behalf.  It was a difficult case where the client was exposed to noise a long time ago and no documents relating to our client’s employment were retained.

"Ultimately, our client’s evidence that he was exposed to noise for approximately 30 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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