All employers have a duty to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to avoid accidents and injuries within your place of work. It is also a legal requirement for all employers to have adequate insurance to provide protection when accidents and injuries occur.
Employers are also responsible for providing all their employees with the appropriate safety training and equipment for jobs which involve the use of loud machinery or explosions. After working with a lack of protective equipment, some employees may find themselves suffering with various hearing problems as a result of years of being exposed to unsafe noise levels and the lack of necessary protective gear.
The long term effects of not using protective equipment can result in deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus. Hearing loss is one of the most common work related illnesses. If you develop any of the above due to a noisy working environment with your employer failing to protect you, you may be entitled to compensation. A claim can also be made even if you no longer work for the company or it has been many years since you did.
It is important to note that by law, all employers should have an Employers Liability Insurance set in place. This type of insurance is designed to pay compensation to employees who have been injured or made ill at work. If your employer has failed to protect you from noise-induced hearing loss by not providing you with the correct equipment for example you could claim for your suffering.
Claim Time Limit
Hearing loss can often take years to develop or become noticeable. To claim compensation for hearing loss, you usually will have up to three years to make a claim. This time period will start from when you first started noticing these symptoms and believed they were caused by your place of work.
How We Can Help You
Our expert Personal Injury solicitors deal with thousands of Workplace Accident Claims and can provide you with excellent advice and legal representation for your noise-induced hearing loss– ensuring you get all the support and help you need to get compensation for your injuries, lost earnings and any healthcare costs you may incur. If you believe you are entitled to make a claim, our accident at work solicitors will assist you in thoroughly documenting the circumstances which surrounded your loss of hearing, creating a detailed account about the impact of your accident or injury on your physical and mental wellbeing.
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