Irwin Mitchell Solicitors has successfully secured a four figure compensation for a Northamptonshire man who developed hearing loss and tinnitus following exposure to excessive levels of noise at work.
Our client, Mr R was employed by Strong and Fisher Ltd between 1978 and 1989 at their Wellington Road site in Raunds, Northamptonshire; during their time there our client was required to operate the leather press machines, hemming machines and load industrial washing machines during the course of the production of clothing.
The work was very noisy due to the volume of the machines however our client was afforded no protection as their employer rarely provided ear plugs and failed to warn employees about the dangers of noise.
In recent years Mr R, who is now 53 years old, noticed that his hearing had declined in 2005 and attended his GP were he was told that his hearing was down due to wax. For five years our client thought that their hearing problems were due to wax, but after a hearing test carried out in 2010 the audiologist suggested that the deterioration was as a result of possible noise damage.
After learning that the cause of their hearing loss was exposure to excessive noise at work Mr R instructed Reiss Matthews a workplace injury lawyer who is based in Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office.
Reiss Matthews commented “The case was complicated as my client was exposed to noise during their employment which commenced in 1978, however, after detailed investigations we were able to trace a modern day successor company to Belwood Foods Ltd. We then began negotiations with the Defendant representatives and my client accepted an offer on behalf of their employer to bring his case to a successful conclusion”.
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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