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Home > News > Young man suffers noise induced deafness after exposure to excessive noise

5th November 2012

Young man suffers noise induced deafness after exposure to excessive noise

Our client in this claim for compensation for noise induced deafness, had worked for the same employer since leaving school. Completing an apprenticeship, he continued to work for the defendant until diagnosed with hearing loss.

Our industrial disease lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings when the defendant’s insurers refused to negotiate an acceptable settlement, but before the trial date were successful in negotiating a fair sum in personal injury compensation. He kept 100% of the compensation awarded to him.

Employer negligently exposed worker to excessive noise

In the early years of his employment, our client worked in the Joinery Shop. Tools used here included rip saws, circular saws, cross saws, lathes, generators, cutters and compressed air Hilti guns. In addition to his own use of these tools, the workshop was home to several other employees and the tools were in constant use every day. Our client remembers the difficulty they had in holding any conversation with colleagues. Evidence indicates that our client was routinely exposed to high levels of noise.

Although our client later moved to working out on site rather than the workshop, the conditions still meant that he spent the majority of his working day in an environment of excessive noise caused by the many tools in use.

No training or warning of the dangers of excessive noise

During the early years, our client was given no training or warnings of the danger of exposure to excessive noise. Neither was he provided with hearing protection.

Amalgamation with another organisation

Several years into his employment, his original employer merged with another company who undertook to improve the company’s commitment to health and safety. Among the measures they introduced were:

Symptoms of hearing loss

Our client had not been aware of any particular problems prior to his diagnosis, but as he was still a young man it was not something he had considered. However, following a routine hearing test at work, concern was expressed and he was referred for further tests by an Occupational Health Physician who confirmed hearing loss in both ears which was noise induced.

He has been advised that the damage to his hearing will mean that he will need to wear hearing aids many years before he would normally have been expected to do so. He has also been warned to avoid exposure to excessive noise in the future.

Making a claim for compensation for noise induced deafness

Clear Answers’ solicitors are able to offer expert legal advice through our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers specialising in industrial disease injuries. They have huge experience of industrial disease claims such as noise induced deafness and will be happy to answer any questions you may have in plain English.

If you or your family have been affected by any industrial disease, please contact Clear Answers' solicitors on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms, and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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