Industrial deafness or occupational deafness as others would call it is one of the effects that you get when working in an extremely noisy environment. This condition, however, doesn’t happen overnight. Deafness may occur when one is subjected to a noisy working environment for long periods of time.|
Industrial deafness ranges from temporary to permanent hearing loss and can even come in the form of an acoustic shock syndrome or tinnitus. But whatever the drastic effects are on a person’s hearing, any worker should be protected at all times to avoid ending up in this condition. Once this happens, employees can file for industrial deafness compensation.
Knowing the Causes
Before you plan on making an industrial deafness claim, it is important to know the cause of your condition. One of the most common causes of industrial deafness is prolonged or extended exposure to extremely loud noise which is common for workers in construction sites and in areas where noise in confined such as a warehouse or a subway.
But industrial deafness is not only caused by prolonged exposure to noise, it can also be caused by one sudden incident such as an explosion. Most victims would experience sudden loss of hearing and even ringing in the ears which are both grounds for an industrial deafness claims.
Making a Claim
All employees are protected by the Control of Noise at Work Regulation 2005 to help workers from suffering from extremely loud and noisy working environments. Making a claim isn’t that easy since all claims have to be substantiated with solid evidence. Evidence of an industrial injury can be in the form of photo and video evidence, medical records, and even witness statements. These are all vital data when it comes to filing a claim.
Most of the time the only question to be answered when making a claim is if a worker can prove that he or she was subject to the negligence of the company, that he or she was deliberately not given protection from the drastic effects of working in a certain environment that can affect one’s hearing. Then if you’re answer is yes, then you’re guaranteed to get compensation.
Most employees will be given ear protectors to protect the ears from loud noises at the work location; when a company fails to do this and other safety precautions to avoid hearing loss then this could be grounds for requesting for industrial deafness compensation.
How much will one get?
The exact amount will depend on the current situation of the employee. There will be a different amount for cases wherein of both ears are affected and if only one ear is affected. There is also a different amount for other conditions such as tinnitus.
Hepton Stalls group can help you file your Industrial deafness claim. Our solicitor in Pontefract can help in your work injury West Yorkshire to get more industrial deafness compensation. Contact us at 01405 765661 or 08000 149 569 for free consultancy.
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