Many of us will suffer from Tinnitus at some point in our lives – we will experience humming, buzzing or ringing in our ears – perhaps after enjoying a loud music concert or listening to music loudly through your earphones.
Often these effects are short lived and our hearing will return to normal, some who spend a significant amount of time in loud environments however will suffer from Tinnitus, be that constant or occasional, and it can be debilitating and lead to depression and stress. If you have suffered from Tinnitus due to your working environment then we could help you claim Tinnitus compensation from your employer.
If you would like to make a Tinnitus claim, call us now on 0113 200 9787 or email email@example.com. We operate from offices in Leeds, but help claimants in all of England and Wales. Rest assured, your case will be in good hands.
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What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition for which there is no known cause or cure; it affects approx. 10% of UK adults and 1 in ten sufferers also report severe, debilitating effects on their quality of life which can include anxiety, depression and sleep deprivation.
It is not always possible to identify the cause of tinnitus but it is often associated with hearing loss which, in younger people can be caused by damage to the inner ear as a result of excessive noise, an in adults could lead from working unprotected in a noisy environment.
Although there is a common misconception that Tinnitus is most common with the elderly, it can actually occur at any age, especially following exposure to loud noise. About ten per cent of the population experiences tinnitus all the time which can have an effect on their ability to concentrate at work and possibly cause sleeping problems.
Have you lost or damaged your hearing and it wasn’t your fault?
Michael Lewin Solicitors have a friendly team of highly qualified legal solicitors who help individuals with their tinnitus compensation claims.
Although over the years legislation has been tightened to ensure that employers put more stringent controls in place to help employees avoid hearing problems (such as tinnitus), we have seen a significant increase in claims; and in virtually all of these situations tinnitus or hearing loss could have been avoided if employers had provided the necessary ear protection.
Unfortunately what we are left with is individuals that are now suffering from a permanent hearing condition, which can cause difficultly hearing and problems with sleep – some suffers find the condition incredibly debilitating.
Tinnitus Compensation – How we can help you claim?
We are experts at working to achieve the maximum compensation possible for all tinnitus suffers, and our promise to all clients is that we will aim to get the compensation they deserve as quickly as possible; and since we operate on a no win, no fee basis, there is no risk in making a tinnitus claim.
We take the time to get to know each individual client and their individual case.
We use our specialist knowledge of personal injury law, health and safety and negligence law, and it’s this rounded approach that makes us highly successful.
Tinnitus Compensation Case Study
The Claimant brought a claim against his previous employer in which he alleged that he had sustained noise damage as a result of his 7 years employment in a wire drawing factory.
Acoustic engineering evidence determined that the Claimant had likely been exposed to daily noise levels in the range of 90dB(A) to 110dB(A). This meant that the Claimant’s overall noise exposure during the course of his employment with the Defendant equated to approximately 113.5dB.
The Claimant worked for the Defendant between 1973 and 1981. During this time there was guidance in place which stated that employers should not expose their employees to noise levels in excess of 90dB(A). If the work carried out is likely to expose employees to noise levels in excess of 90db(A) then an employer was required to carry out noise assessments and provide their employees with suitable hearing protection, if appropriate. Given the likely noise levels that the Defendant exposed the Claimant to in this case, there was no difficulty in establishing that the Defendant had breached their duty of care to the Claimant in not providing him with hearing protection.
The main issue in contention in his claim was whether or not the Claimant sustained damage as a result of his noise exposure and if so, what the extent of that damage was.
The Claimant relied upon an ENT Consultant’s medical expert opinion who opined that he was suffering from approximately 3dB of noise induced hearing loss and slight noise induced tinnitus.
The Defendant relied upon an Audiologist’s medical expert opinion who opined that the Claimant was suffering from 4dB of noise induced hearing loss but that the degree of noise induced hearing loss would not cause the Claimant any noticeable disability. The medical expert also diagnosed the Claimant with slight tinnitus but opined that due to the symptoms of tinnitus presenting themselves more than 1 year after the cessation of noise exposure (some 30 years after) it was unlikely that the tinnitus had been caused by noise exposure.
The matter proceeded to trial and the Court found that the Claimant’s degree of noise induced hearing loss would not cause the Claimant any noticeable disability, over and above that which he already noticed as a result of natural deterioration in his hearing, but that his noise exposure had damaged the Claimant’s auditory system which in turn had caused him to develop tinnitus.
The Claimant was awarded £3,000 for his injury.
This case demonstrates that noise can affect people’s hearing in different ways and whilst someone’s degree of noise induced hearing loss may not be significant enough to warrant compensation, if they are also suffering from tinnitus then this will attract an amount in damages.
“If you constantly hear sounds that no-one else can (i.e. ringing, buzzing or humming etc.) then you should seek advice from your GP as soon as possible as you could have tinnitus which could ultimately be an indicator of underlying hearing loss. If you are diagnosed with tinnitus, and you have been exposed to excessive noise by an employer, then contact a specialist law firm, such as Michael Lewin Solicitors, as they will be able to aid you in claiming some compensation that will help you with your expenses for living with the condition.”
Liam Hill – Paralegal – Michael Lewin Solicitors
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