Irwin Mitchell has successfully settled a noise induced hearing loss claim on behalf a Nottinghamshire man, who worked in the coal mining industry.
Our client worked for the National Coal Board between 1960 and 1970; for the first 6 months of employment Mr R worked underground in the mines working within haulage where he was responsible for clipping rope onto mine cars so that they could be transported along the tracks. For the remainder of his employment Mr R worked as coal face fitter engineer where he repaired machinery in confined spaces of between 3-4 feet in height and in close proximity to where he was exposed to loud noise from his colleagues who were drilling and blasting the coal face.
Mr R first realised he had problems with his hearing five years ago when he realised he was having great difficulty speaking to his grandchildren, however he just put this down to age. In September 2011 Mr R had a hearing test, the audiologist conducting the test considered the results of the audiogram and advised that Mr R was suffering from a work related noise induced hearing loss.
Reiss Matthews a specialist in the workplace injuries team pursed the claim after our client contacted Irwin Mitchell Solicitors for advice and was delighted to settle the case for £3,840 in compensation. He commented, “I am pleased that my client has been compensated for his hearing loss by his former employers, however this is another example of how employees who work in very noisy environments are often afforded no protection as their employer failed to provide ear plugs and failed to warn employees about the dangers of noise. Reiss continued “Should the employer in this case fulfilled their obligations then my client’s hearing loss could have been avoided.”
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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