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If your hearing has been damaged by exposure to excessive noise at work, call our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free consultation on freephone 0800 916 9046 or start a hearing loss claim online.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers deal with all types of industrial deafness claims including noise-induced hearing loss, Tinnitus and Acoustic Shock compensation.
98% of our hearing loss claims are funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is more commonly known as a No Win, No Fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.
Our specialist team of Occupational Deafness Solicitors can give you free initial advice to help you understand if you have an industrial deafness claim. We may also be able to help you bring a claim if your employer has gone out of business or claim against multiple employers.
Industrial deafness is caused by long-term exposure to noise. It can take many years, with sufferers often in their retirement, before significant hearing problems arise. Many people put their problems down to general ageing, rather than making the link with their work many years before. Hearing loss is generally irreversible and hearing aids are usually the only way to help with the condition.
Acoustic Shock is the term used for hearing related problems caused by high frequency, high intensity sounds through a telephone headset. For example, people who work in UK call centres where the volume on their headsets is turned up too loud; can suffer from hearing loss, Tinnitus and a range of physiological and psychological health issues.
Employers have a duty of care to protect staff from acoustic shock in the workplace. Compensation for acoustic shock can be claimed against the employer’s liability insurance company.
Slater and Gordon is one of the largest Personal Injury Law Firms in the UK. We can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support from our offices in London, Manchester, Watford, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston, Wakefield and Wrexham.
The first symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss include:
Noise-induced tinnitus can be the result of damage caused by excessive noise and is characterized by the sound of buzzing in the ears. In bad cases, the buzzing is constant and can even make sleeping difficult. Tinnitus can also have emotional impacts such as anxiety or depression. Tinnitus can affect quality of life, enjoyment of hobbies and leisure activities such as reading, listening to music. There’s no cure for tinnitus, but very bad cases can be helped by using a ‘masking’ device which lessens the intensity of the buzzing.
If you suspect your hearing is damaged, you should visit your GP and ask for a hearing test. This will be carried out by your GP or by an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist.
Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) & the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).