Industrial Deafness Claims
Walker Prestons Solicitors
Industrial deafness can manifest itself in varying afflictions and have significant effects upon many aspects of personal and professional life.
Many people who suffer from industrial deafness never seek accurate diagnosis and assume that the condition is a part of the ageing process. This assumption can lead to significant losses of income as certain professions cannot be entered or continued by those who suffer from total or partial deafness. Sufferers of industrial deafness can claim personal injury compensation to offset any monetary and personal losses that come as a result of the affliction.
Industrial deafness is caused by exposure to prolonged or dangerously loud noises without the correct safety measures in place. Employees can suffer from impaired hearing or total deafness as a result of such conditions and it is mandatory that employers supply sufficient safety equipment and training.
The industrial deafness may take a number of years to present itself in user after remaining dormant. Sufferers of industrial deafness can make a personal injury claim up to 20 years after leaving the offending industry.
One of the most common forms of industrial deafness is tinnitus which is an umbrella term for many hearing impairments and afflictions. Tinnitus can manifest itself in a number of different impairments including ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing and whistling in the ear. All of these impairments can make hearing difficult, stressful and even painful.
Tinnitus that has been caused by the exposure to prolonged or loud noise is often untreatable and without cure. The sufferer will be blighted with the condition for the rest of their life. This can be particularly disconcerting for individuals who rely on their hearing to pursue their profession. Tinnitus could in effect end the career of an individual and prohibit further industries that the sufferer can enter.
Commonly suffered by employees who work in bars, clubs and pubs; partial deafness is the form of industrial deafness that impacts younger people most commonly. The employer’s duty of care dictates that employees should have access to the correct safety equipment and training. With their whole professional and personal life in front of them; partial deafness could redefine their successes.
Those affected by partial deafness who have suffered a measurable decline in personal and professional successes may be entitled to significant injury claim compensation.
Total deafness is less common than partial hearing loss or tinnitus but often has more significant repercussions. Often caused by one exceptional loud noise or built up over time; complete and total deafness will impact massively upon the personal and professional life of the afflicted party. Many industries and careers will be inaccessible for the sufferer of total deafness for safety and performance reasons.
Health & Safety Precautions against Hearing Loss
The following health and safety precautions must be made available to all employees who are at risk of industrial deafness. Without such precautions, the employer may be liable for personal injury compensation.
Ear Protection – Over-the-head or in-ear ear protection must be supplied to employees who are exposed to loud or prolonged noises in the workplace.
Full Training – All applicable employees must be given full training regarding any potential noise pollutants. Failure to provide sufficient and relevant training could be considered as negligent.