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Hearing Loss & Industrial Deafness

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) affects many people who’ve worked in a noisy place without the right protection or training from their employer. Our solicitors specialise in industrial deafness claims and we could help you claim compensation.

How Do I Make An Industrial Deafness Claim?

To make a claim you should contact us as soon as you realise your hearing loss could be linked to your work. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and if we think you have a case. If you decide to claim we’ll discuss ways to pay like No Win No Fee agreements.

We’ll gather information and contact those responsible for your hearing loss (like your employer) to see if they accept responsibility. If they do, we’ll try and get interim compensation payments. These are paid to you before your claim is settled and can help pay for things like medical treatment or travel costs.

If you do make an industrial deafness claim with us, we’ll let you know exactly what we’re doing at every stage, and what we need from you.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Industrial Deafness?

How much compensation you’ll get will depend on your individual circumstances. Our lawyers will look at things like:

  • The seriousness of your hearing loss and if it was caused by working in a noisy environment
  • If your employer followed the right procedures to protect you
  • Any medical and travel expenses you've had to pay
  • Your care and support needs – now and in the future.

We’ll make sure the compensation you receive is enough to help pay for the best care and support you need to cope with industrial deafness.

Is There A Time Limit In Making A Hearing Loss Claim?

Usually you need to make a claim within three years of realising your hearing loss might be linked to your work. If you worked outside the UK, then the time limit can be shorter.

If you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation, call our team today on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online for free initial advice and to talk through your options.

Can I Make A No Win No Fee Industrial Deafness Claim?

Most of the industrial hearing loss claims we handle are on a no win no fee basis. This means that there’s nothing to pay upfront and nothing to pay if your claim is unsuccessful.*

We’ll discuss other funding options with you too, like Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) or if you’re covered through membership of a trade union. We’ll explain each process clearly and advise which we think is most suitable for you.

Visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

Why Choose Us?

Our team of dedicated workplace illness solicitors work across the UK and have decades of experience helping people claim from their employers.

We’ve made many successful claims for hearing conditions like industrial deafness, acoustic shock and tinnitus. We’ll make the process simple and guide you through each step.

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For more information, call us on 0800 056 4110 contact us online and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

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    • Are There Any Time Limits For Making A Claim?
    • You have three years to make a compensation claim from the date you first became aware of your hearing loss symptoms, or if you believe they have been caused by your previous work environment.

      This means that you can start a claim many years after you stopped working at the company in question, as long as you didn’t notice the extent of your hearing problems until much later.

    • Will I Lose My Job If I Claim Against My Employers?
    • If you wish to make a claim against your current employer, then any compensation would be paid by their insurer. It has been compulsory to have insurance for many years, so it’s highly likely that they will have this in place. There are also legal safeguards in place to protect you from unfair dismissal.

      This basically means that your employer must be able to justify their reason for dismissing you in relation to your claim, which is highly unlikely. If you want to discuss this subject in more detail, our industrial deafness solicitors will be able to talk you through your rights and what you can expect.

    • How Can Irwin Mitchell Help?
    • We have a team of dedicated, experienced workplace illness solicitors who believe passionately that employees have the right to work in a safe environment. We fund most cases on a No Win No Fee basis, which means that you won’t have to pay any legal fees unless your claim is successful.

      Our specialist team has helped many clients to claim compensation for a range of hearing conditions, including noise-induced hearing loss, acoustic shock and tinnitus. We have a great deal of experience in handling claims of this kind and know the sorts of issues that you and your family may be facing.

      We also have a team of specialist employment solicitors who can advise you on your employment rights if you’re worried about taking your employers to court.

    • Meet The Experts
    • Our workplace illness department is one of the largest in the country and regularly praised by independent legal guides. You can rely on us to ensure that you receive the medical support and compensation that you deserve. 

      Take a look at our team of hearing loss specialists.

It was incredible, impressive and comforting how each member of the team was there to support us at different times."

Mr R, Northumberland

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Symptoms Of Industrial Deafness?

You may have suffered noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) after using power tools or machinery for long periods of time without the proper protection for your ears. The most common symptoms...

...of occupational deafness can include difficulty when hearing the TV or radio, asking people to repeat themselves, sounds being distorted and tinnitus. However, these often won’t become obvious for a number of years, developing over a long period of time.

This means that your symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss are sometimes mistaken for the effects of aging when in fact, they were caused by you being exposed to loud noise that could have happened many years ago.

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Can I Claim Compensation For Hearing Loss?

Businesses have a responsibility to provide their employees with the right protective equipment, training and advice to prevent hearing loss, especially if they’re spending a significant part of their day in a noisy environment. Deafness is permanent, so it’s incredibly important that...

...employers follow the right procedures to minimise the risk of their workers developing industrial hearing loss. If you suffer from hearing problems and you’re concerned that they were caused by your employer’s negligence, our specialist workplace illness solicitors may be able to help.

We’ll get advice from a medical expert to confirm the severity of your hearing loss, then we’ll begin to investigate your employment history, gathering evidence and witness statements from the people involved to prove that your employer’s actions were to blame.

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How Can I Prove My Hearing Loss Isn't Just Down To Age?

Collecting the evidence to prove that your hearing loss symptoms were caused by a previous working environment may seem tricky. However, we have many years of experience in these types of claims and have recovered many pieces of evidence for clients to help…

...them successfully claim compensation. We rely on three main pieces of evidence which help support your claim that you were exposed to a noisy working environment without the proper precautions taken for your safety. These include:

  • Medical records
  • Witness statements to help prove what happened to you
  • Documents concerning work practices - as these can be from several decades ago, they can prove to be tricky to get hold of. However, we will do everything in our power to search for and obtain copies of these documents if available, as they will be accepted as evidence in your claim
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Industrial deafness support - getting you the care you need.

As well as fighting for the right compensation for you, we can also help you to access the support and help you need to recover or come to terms with your hearing loss.

For more information, visit our rehabilitation and support pages

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