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Birmingham Man Awarded £6,000 Settlement For Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

A former textiles worker from Birmingham has recently been awarded £6,000 for the hearing loss he now suffers as a result of exposure to loud noise when he was employed as a weaver.

Our client, Mr A, worked as a weaver for Horrockses Limited, which became part of the Coats group of textile companies.  He was employed as a weaver at their weaving shed in Longholme, Rawtenstall, Lancashire between 1979 and 1985.

Mr A, who is now in his 50s, was exposed to continuous loud noise when he operated the weaving machines throughout his shift. 

He instructed Irwin Mitchell to investigate a claim when he had a hearing test which confirmed his hearing was much lower than expected for his age and showed evidence of noise damage.

Mark Lennon, a solicitor in the workplace injury team in Birmingham who specialises in noise induced deafness cases, acted for our client and successfully secured a settlement on his behalf.

He said: “Weaving is historically one of the noisiest operations in the textile industry. My client was only provided with hearing protection towards the end of his employment but by then his hearing had already been noise-damaged.

“After commencing court proceedings against the company, we negotiated with their solicitors to settle my client’s case and I am pleased to have obtained a £6,000 compensation payment for him.”

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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