Industrial Deafness Claims for Manchester
Have you worked in painfully heavy industrial zones? Has your hearing been damaged by unsafe working conditions around heavy machinery? You may be entitled to claim compensation from your employer. Personal injury solicitors Manchester may be able to help you get the money you deserve. Call us today to find out more about how you can receive monetary compensation for hearing injuries you have incurred while working in unsafe environments and to know more about industrial deafness claims for manchester.
Hundreds of industrial workers have been affected by unsafe work environments around heavy, loud machinery, causing significant or complete hearing loss. Industrial deafness and partial hearing loss is an all too common affliction for industrial workers, and if you are suffering from any degree of hearing damage caused by your workplace, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Contact one of our solicitors for full details on what benefit you may be allowed to and how to go about filing a claim for your specific situation.
What is Industrial Deafness?
Sometimes referred to as noise-induced hearing loss, or occupational deafness, industrial deafness is a gradual or complete loss of hearing as a direct result of your work environment. Industrial deafness generally occurs in work environments where the noise level is often over eighty decibels. If you’re having trouble understanding people speaking at an average volume, or must listen to the radio/TV louder than most others, you could have industrial deafness as a result of your work environment.
The symptoms of industrial deafness can include temporary or permanent lack of hearing, total hearing loss in one or both ears, and difficulty understanding the spoken word at average volume. Other symptoms may include Tinnitus, which is constant buzzing or ringing in your ears, and acoustic trauma, which is the rapid onset of deafness caused by deafening noise or a series of loud noises.
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How you may have suffered from Industrial Deafness
The most common jobs that bear a significant risk of industrial deafness are construction, mining, factory work, and the like. Workers employed in industries like these, especially if you are always around heavy operating machinery, have a significantly higher risk of industrial deafness. It is undeniable that industrial deafness is likely to occur in those situations, but legally it is not considered an occupational hazard. You are protected by special regulations that have been in place for over a decade, and you are fully entitled to claim compensation for any permanent damage you have suffered to your hearing due to negligence from your employer.
Why you are entitled to Compensation
Thanks to the Control of Noise at Work regulation of 2005, employers are responsible for providing their employees with a risk-free work environment that does not subject them to illness or permanent damage. This, of course, includes industrial deafness. If the noise levels in your workplace regularly go beyond eighty decibels, your employer is legally required to have safety measures in place for all employees. Employers are required to provide their workers with sufficient ear protection, and to train all employees in their use, as well as safety procedure and how to maintain the hearing protection for maximum effectiveness.
If your employer does not measure or manage the noise level at your workplace, or if your employer does not provide you with adequate hearing protection, they are breaching the Control of Noise at Work regulation, and you can file an industrial deafness claim against them.
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What you need to do to file a Claim
There is no set amount of money you will receive for filing a claim. The compensation you receive is based on many factors, namely the severity of your injury. You will receive larger compensation for total deafness than partial hearing loss, and more for injury in two years as opposed to one. However, if you wish to file a claim at all, there are important things to keep in mind.
- You must have a professional medical diagnosis of deafness or partial hearing loss. An official medical report is required when filing a legal claim so that the extent of your injuries cannot be exaggerated or undersold. If you do not have a professional medical statement attesting to your injury any attempt to file a claim will be impossible.
- You will have to prove that your deafness or partial hearing loss was caused directly by your work environment. You may need to compile documentary evidence of the unsafe working conditions in your workplace, or you may need to acquire corroboration from other workers to act as witnesses. Either way, you must be able to prove that your employer is at fault to receive compensation from them.
- You will also have to prove that your employer could have reasonably prevented your injuries. You must be able to show that your employer could have taken steps to avoid the damage, either by the issuing of proper equipment or the use of training programs. If you cannot prove that your injury was preventable due to action your employer could have taken, your claim will not go through.
All three of these will be crucial to file a claim against your employer successfully. Of course, if you do plan to file a complaint, it is worth noting that you have a limited window of time to do it. If you believe that you have had industrial deafness due to the negligence of your employer, it is recommended that you contact one of our injury solicitors immediately.
Because gathering the aforementioned necessary information takes some time, it is in your best interests to begin the process quickly and maximize your chances of receiving compensation.
If you have been permanently injured due to the negligence of your employer, you deserve compensation for your loss. Our lawyers are ready and waiting to help you get as much of your earned compensation as possible. Don’t wait until it’s too late to be repaid for the injuries you’ve suffered.
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