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Irwin Mitchell’s specialist workplace accident and illness team has helped a 65 year old man claim £3,300 in compensation, after he suffered hearing loss due to working with machinery without any ear protection.
Our client was employed by a variety of engineering firms, where he was involved in a range of jobs, which included working on the transport system, making cement and also as a Press Welder. During the course of his employment he worked on hoppers, rollers, presses and other hydraulic machinery.
The noise of the machinery was so loud that in order to communicate with his colleagues he would have to shout and often use hand signals even though they were only a few feet away. Despite this, our client was not provided with ear protection during the course of his employment.
It was found later in life that our client’s hearing had deteriorated. He struggles to follow conversations if there is any background noise, finds it difficult to listen to public service announcements and also has to turn up his television and telephone to allow him to hear properly.
Due to such significant deterioration, our client approached Irwin Mitchell to take on his case, where the sum of £3,300 was secured in compensation. A medical expert examined our client and produced a report on his hearing loss. It was found that his hearing had been considerably damaged during the period of his employment and this could have been prevented with the use of ear protection. As a result of such damage, he will require the use of a hearing aid in the future.
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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