If you have developed industrial deafness, then you may be eligible for compensation if your industrial deafness was caused by somebody else, such as an employer.
You can make a claim for industrial deafness, if your illness manifested itself within the last three years, or if you developed industrial deafness some time ago, and your impairment can be linked to a past employer. Cases of industrial disease can be extended beyond the limitations set by the Limitation Act 1980 in most circumstances. And, according to, industrial deafness can be caused by a sudden loud noise, an explosion, or it can develop over a period of time.
Whichever of these applies to you, rest assured that you are not alone in your suffering, and you could be eligible for financial compensation.
What can UK Lawyers Help Me?
While you may be owed compensation for your industrial deafness, to get it you must make a personal injury claim. Many people consider doing this themselves through the Small Claims Court, but this is not recommended, since the Small Claims Court can only award a maximum £1,000.00 for personal injuries. Industrial deafness claims usually result in a much higher payout than this, so it pays to enlist the help of a lawyer, who will process your claim for you through the appropriate channels by going directly to the insurer.
The entire claims process will also be managed for you from start to finish by your lawyer, so that you can continue with your everyday life. Your only involvement in the process will be an initial interview, to establish the facts surrounding your case, and attending a medical examination, so that a current and up to date medical report can be created.
How much compensation could I be owed?
When determining a fair settlement demand for you, your solicitor will consider the extent of your industrial deafness and how that deafness has and will affect your life. Here’s some industrial deafness compensation average for you to consider:
- Complete hearing loss in both ears – £50,000 to £70,000;
- Complete hearing loss in one ear – £17,000 to £30,000;
- Serious hearing loss – £17,000 to £30,000;
- Moderate hearing loss and /or tinnitus – £8,000 to £15,000
- Minor hearing loss – £4,000 to £7,000.
Please note however that these are just estimates – you may be owed more than the figures shown. To get a proper estimated payout for your industrial deafness, you should discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer who specialises in industrial deafness. Only when a lawyer or solicitor understands the circumstances surrounding your case, can they provide to you an accurate estimated payout, by referring to past cases that are like your own.