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Noise-induced hearing loss (‘NIHL’) is a hearing impairment resulting from exposure to loud noise and often results from many years of unprotected exposure to noise at work. This is commonly found amongst the manufacturing and heavy industry sectors.
Noise damages your ears gradually over years of exposure. NIHL is usually first noticed by family members or friends who pick up on you asking them to repeat themselves or who make comments about the volume of the television or radio.
Your Employer has a legal duty to try and prevent and reduce exposure to noise at work by either eliminating noise at the source or reducing it by the use of adequate and properly selected hearing protection. Employers are under a duty of care to ensure their Employees are not put at any foreseeable risk as far as practicable.
At Oakwood Solicitors, our Industrial Disease solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with NIHL and tinnitus claims. If you are suffering from NIHL or tinnitus, this may have been caused or made worse by your employers’ negligence regarding your safety for which you may be able to receive compensation.
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What is Noise Induced Hearing Loss?
Noise-induced hearing loss (‘NIHL’) is a hearing impairment resulting from exposure to loud noise and often results from many years of unprotected exposure. Many people who suffer from NIHL also suffer from tinnitus which is a ringing or buzzing type sound heard in the ears or head and can be incredibly distressing and debilitating.
Exposure to noise at work is commonplace, especially amongst manufacturing and heavy industry sectors such as in steelworks, on construction sites, highway maintenance and factory work.
What are the symptoms for Noise Induced Hearing Loss?
Noise damages your ears gradually over years of exposure. NIHL is usually first noticed by family members or friends who pick up on you asking them to repeat themselves or who make comments about the volume of the television or radio. NIHL also makes it difficult to decipher what others are saying when there are a number of people talking at once or there is a lot of background noise.
Many people with NIHL also suffer with tinnitus which is an unwanted sound that can be heard in your ears or head, and usually takes the form of a ringing, buzzing, whistling or whooshing sound.
Can it be caused by work?
Exposure to noise at work is commonplace, especially amongst manufacturing and heavy industry sectors. Without the proper use of hearing protection, prolonged exposure to noise at work can result in NIHL and tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing sensation in your ears).
Could my employer be liable for compensation?
Employers have a duty of care to protect you from exposure to noise. If you’ve worked in noisy environments and suffer from hearing loss, your employers (present and past) could be liable for compensation.
What is my claim worth?
The value of your claim depends on many factors including the severity of your symptoms. It’s not uncommon for claims to be worth in excess of £10,000.00.
Will it cost me anything?
Your claim would be dealt with under a “no-win-no-fee” agreement. There’s no cost to you if you lose your claim. If your claim is successful, we take 25% of your compensation. It’s that easy.
Why should I choose Oakwood Solicitors Ltd?
Oakwood Solicitors Ltd agrees to work on your Industrial Disease claim on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis. If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be expected to pay us a penny. If you are successful in your claim, we take a percentage of the compensation meaning that the only time we will receive money is if we have brought your claim to a fruitful conclusion.
You will have a dedicated advisor who will see your claim through from start to finish, assisting you in the event of any queries or issues you may have. If it is preferable to you, we are able to assign a female advisor to carry out your claim. Your case handler will also continue to provide regular updates until the conclusion of your claim, ensuring the process is as stress-free and effortless as possible.
Contact Oakwood Solicitors Ltd and provide us with some details about your suspected Industrial Disease matter. We will then assess the viability of your claim, and there is absolutely no obligation to proceed. You can provide information or get in touch by:
Tim Fieldhouse is a Solicitor and Head of our Industrial Disease department. Tim qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 having trained at national law firm Thompsons solicitors.
With experience in all areas of Personal Injury law, Tim has assisted many people suffering from irreversible hearing loss, hand symptoms and other illnesses that have developed as a direct consequence of work.
Within the Industrial Disease team, Tim is instructed to assist claimants in recovering compensation for illnesses that are a direct consequence of working conditions, sometimes from many decades earlier.