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Irwin Mitchell’s Industrial Disease Team in Birmingham has recently secured compensation of £10,000 for a former machine operator who was diagnosed with noise induced hearing loss following his exposure to excessive levels of noise during his employment.
Mr C from Leicester worked for Wadkin Limited as a machine operator from 1973 to 1992. The company made woodworking machines and as such Mr C would be exposed to noise from milling machines without any adequate hearing protection being provided.
Following an initial hearing test Mr C was subsequently diagnosed with noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus. This hearing loss was found to have been caused by Mr C’s exposure to noise whilst he worked for Wadkin Limited.
As a result, Mr C approached Irwin Mitchell who successfully claimed compensation for him from his former employer. The award was secured by Industrial Disease specialist Alex Shorey of the Workplace Illness team.
Commenting on the award, Alex said:
“Exposure to high levels of noise without adequate ear protection has been a problem in many workplaces for a number of years. As seen in this case, our client worked for the company as far back as 1973 and unfortunately exposure over a prolonged period of time is not unusual. Many employers have failed to take adequate responsibility for reducing these risks and consequently it is important to ensure justice is gained on the part of those affected by such negligence”.
“Mr C is a prime example of a worker who was provided with little to no information regarding the risks of noise damage and consequently is now suffering through no fault of his own. In such cases it is essential to ensure damages are awarded to compensate those whose lives have been affected”.
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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