Work Related Hearing Damage
Hundreds of current and former BT workers who have used “Green” and “Yellow” set Oscillator / Amplifiers are pursuing claims for hearing loss and tinnitus.
BT has admitted liability in respect of the use of such equipment.
Tinnitus is a condition which leaves victims hearing noises in their ears or head when there is no external noise present. It is often described as a constant background noise such as ringing, whistling, hissing, buzzing or humming.
Victims often say it makes them feel embarrassed or uncomfortable as they can struggle to hear conversations and keep having to ask people to repeat themselves. It can also affect a person’s concentration and their ability to sleep properly.
Mark Allen said: “Around 200,000 people in the UK suffer from noise-induced hearing problems, including tinnitus, partial deafness and a complete loss of hearing.
“Every day at Irwin Mitchell we see work related hearing damage severely affecting people’s lives and businesses must do more to protect workers. In so many cases people would not have suffered hearing damage if they had been given relatively inexpensive protection and equipment.
“Workers have the right to expect to go to work and carry out their duties without any adverse effects on their health, and employers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their employees. Time and time again we see the same problems arising from a lack of basic health and safety protection; it is unacceptable and it has to stop.”
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.