Occupational deafness, otherwise known as noise induced hearing loss, develops while working in a loud or noisy workplace without the right protection.
The damage from the noise could take many years to become serious, but could also happen more quickly.
Age, or general fitness, are no protection – young people can be damaged just as easily as the old.
Who is at risk of developing occupational deafness?
Regular exposure to excessive noise can cause hearing loss and permanent damage.
Excessive noise can occur in a range of industries, including:
- Steel work
Employers have a duty of care for their employees, and must protect them from health risks in the workplace, including hearing damage.
Who can make a claim for occupational deafness?
Anyone diagnosed with occupational deafness or noise induced hearing loss within the past 3 years may be able to start a claim for compensation.
How do you claim for occupational deafness?
If you have been diagnosed with occupational deafness, it is important to get in touch with Birchall Blackburn Law today to start your claim. Call our team on Freephone 0800 783 8485 or fill in our contact form here and we will get in touch with you.
Our experienced occupational deafness solicitors and industrial disease team will guide you through the personal injury compensation claims process, taking on all responsibility to let you focus on what matters most.
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