Irwin Mitchell's workplace injuries team have succeeded in recovering £3,500 in compensation for a former factory employee, who lost his hearing because of exposure to excessive noise whilst at work.
George, aged 65 years when the case was settled, worked for Brook Bond Foods Ltd between 1974-1975 and 1992-1993 and Boxes Co Ltd between 1992-1993 and 2006-2007.
At both Brook Bond Foods and Boxes Co Ltd, he used machines that exposed him to excessive noise. In order to communicate with his colleagues, he would have to shout even though his colleagues were only a few feet away. Despite this, his employer did not supply employees with ear protection.
The damage this caused to George’s hearing was not apparent until later on in life, when he realised he could only hear the TV if it was extremely loud and only hear others talk if there was no background noise.
Concerned and frustrated, George approached us for help in making a claim. Alison Gregory, an Associate Legal Executive at Irwin Mitchell took on the case, and instructed a medical expert to provide a report regarding his hearing loss.
The expert reported that any hearing loss George experienced was because of exposure to excessive noise during the course of employment at Brook Bond Foods and Boxes Co Ltd, which could have been prevented with the provision of ear protection. Because of the deterioration in his hearing, George may require the use of hearing aids in the future.
George’s former employers paid him £3,500 in compensation towards the cost of any future hearing aids required, but also the pain and suffering caused.
Alison commented: "We are very pleased with the outcome for George. This case highlights the importance of employers introducing a safe system of work for its employees and how cases like this can be avoided if such systems are in place."
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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