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Irwin Mitchell’s industrial disease solicitors helped a retired electrician secure a compensation award for the hearing loss he suffered as a result of exposure to loud noise in his past employment.
Our client, who is now in his early 70s, worked as an electrician at the Mander Brothers paint factory at their Old Heath Road site in Wolverhampton.
Throughout his shift he was continuously and excessively exposed to noise from the machinery in the factory as well as the equipment he used to complete his duties, which included grinders, drills and hammers. Our client argued that he was never provided with hearing protection at any time in the almost 40 years that he worked there, from 1955 to 1983.
He had a hearing test which indicated that his hearing loss was worse than expected for his age and that the increased loss was due to his previous noise exposure at work.
Mark Lennon, a solicitor in the workplace illness team in Birmingham who specialises in noise induced deafness cases, acted for our client and successfully secured a settlement on his behalf.
He said: “My client complains of significant hearing problems and he often struggles to follow conversations. It was only on having a hearing test that he was made aware that these problems could be due to noise exposure in his working life. After initial investigations and the commencement of court proceedings, we secured a four-figure settlement for my client.”
“This case is an illustration of how an employer’s failure to follow safe working practices to protect employees has led to a permanent injury in the form of hearing loss which continues to affect a worker long after he has retired.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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