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16 March 2015
Trainee Personal Injury Solicitor Alison Head successfully secured over £10,000 in compensation for her client who sustained tinnitus as a result of working in a noisy environment during his career.
Alison’s client worked in the dockyards building ships for a living but even though it was such a noisy environment, he was never offered any ear protection or any training about the dangers of working in such a noisy environment and the effects it has on a person’s hearing.
As a result of working in this noisy environment for such long periods of time, Alison’s client contracted tinnitus, a condition in which the sufferer can hear a constant ringing in either one or both ears. There is currently no cure for tinnitus and in some cases it may diminish on its own, in others it may not diminish at all.
Alison commissioned her client to undertake a hearing test from an independent medical professional. The results from the medical report showed that indeed, the tinnitus was contracted through working in the noisy dockyard environment.
Alison advised her client to attend tinnitus counselling to help him come to terms and deal with the condition. Alison also expressed the benefits of a white noise device to her client. A white noise device is a device which makes natural sounds such as rain, wind, ocean waves, even highway traffic and can be used to mask the symptoms of tinnitus.
After lengthy negotiations, Alison settled the case for £11,250 compensation for her client. Alison’s client was overwhelmed and very grateful for the settlement; he’ll use the money to cover the cost of private hearing aids in order to gain back some hearing normality.
Alison’s client said of the experience, “I cannot express how grateful I am to Alison at Slater and Gordon. My year has been horrendous...Alison supported me throughout the claim process in my opinion above and beyond! Thank you very, very much. Professional, caring, easy to understand due to the support given. I never felt rushed and Slater and Gordon staff always gave me time. I would recommend Slater and Gordon to anyone, especially Alison.”
Alison Head is a Trainee Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK. She specialises in tinnitus and hearing loss cases.
If you have been affected by hearing loss or tinnitus through a noisy working environment call Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9049 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help.
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