Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) sometimes referred to as industrial deafness is a generic term used to describe a loss of hearing that has resulted from exposure to excessive levels of noise.
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NIHL typically affects the higher frequency of hearing and often causes permanent damage to the hearing of sufferers. Other hearing impairments such as Tinnitus may also be experienced by sufferers of NIHL.
The majority of noise induced hearing loss is attributable to employment, where workers may be subject to significant levels of noise for prolonged periods.
Examples of industries where a risk of NIHL is considerable include: -
NIHL tends to develop gradually throughout the period of noise exposure and sufferers often are initially unaware of a reduction in hearing until the damage has been done.
Typical symptoms of NIHL may include: -
The effects of NIHL are usually permanent but the impact may be minimised with the provision of hearing aids, tinnitus retraining therapy etc.
Therefore it's important you secure a suitable amount of industrial hearing loss compensation to cover these treatments.
Employers have a legal duty of care to their employees and positive steps must be taken to reduce noise exposure as much as practicable. Despite this, many workers remain at risk of developing NIHL due to employers failing to do this.
Examples of steps that should be taken include regular workplace noise level assessments, provision of and enforcement of hearing protection and occupational health screening of workers exposed to high levels of noise.
Where employers have failed to act in accordance with their duty to protect workers, the right to claim industrial deafness compensation exists.
It is possible to bring a claim for compensation against employers or their insurers for NIHL even where an employment has ended or the employer is no longer in existence. We are often able to trace the relevant employer's liability insurer and pursue them directly.
There are however strict time limits to pursue a claim and it is crucial that if you believe you may have developed NIHL you obtain legal advice as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in any claim being time barred.
Spencers Solicitors have a wealth of experience in pursuing personal injury claims, including industrial deafness claims. Our experienced lawyers will be able to discuss your specific circumstances and advise whether they consider you have a valid claim.
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