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Birmingham Man Recovers Compensation Against Former Employers For Industrial Deafness

Industrial deafness solicitors at Irwin Mitchell secured a four figure settlement for a man who suffered hearing loss as a result of exposure to loud noise he endured with two of his former employers.

Our client first worked for William S. Graham & Sons Limited as a machine operator at their premises in Ravensthrope, Dewsbury. He worked there between 1965 and 1970, and was exposed to very loud noise from textiles machines. He was never provided with hearing protection.

He then worked for Wilmott Breeden between 1971 and 1974 at their premises in Tyseley, Birmingham.  The company made vehicle parts and our client operated the die casting machines which were used as part of the manufacturing process.

In recent years our client developed increasing hearing loss. He initially thought these problems occurred naturally and may have been due to getting older. However, when he had a hearing test he was told that his problems could be due to noise damage, so he instructed Irwin Mitchell to make a claim for compensation.

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.

Mark said: “As our client worked for a number of different employers in noisy jobs, we had to pursue claims against all of them as each period of noise exposure contributed to his hearing loss. Fortunately we were able to locate details of the relevant insurers for each of the employers.  After some negotiations with each of them, we secured compensation from the companies.”

There are strict time limits which apply to these cases; if you suffer from similar hearing problems you should seek prompt medical and legal advice to protect your potential entitlement to compensation. Mark Lennon can be contacted directly on 0121 203 5365 or at

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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