Our hearing is precious, so when it is damaged it can have a profound effect not only on the victim, but on the lives of their nearest and dearest.
When that hearing is damaged in the workplace, there may be grounds for a compensation claim.
Browell Smith & Co are the ideal choice for anyone considering pursuing a case of this nature.
We have over 20 years experience in recovering compensation on behalf of clients who have suffered hearing problems at work.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (or Industrial Deafness, as it can be referred to) is the deterioration of hearing experienced by individuals who work, or worked, in an excessively noisy environment for a prolonged period of time.
Despite changes in legislation, each year thousands of individuals continue to suffer from hearing problems which they believe are work related.
The level of noise together with the length of exposure contribute to hearing damage. In addition to reduced hearing, noises within the ear, known as tinnitus, can sometimes be experienced creating further often distressing problems for sufferers.
If you have worked in excessively noisy environments for example, heavy industry, shipbuilding, engineering or manufacturing without hearing protection and in recent times have been diagnosed with a reduction in your hearing then you may be entitled to compensation.
If you consider that you have developed occupational deafness, or know of someone who may have, you must act promptly. While you may potentially qualify for compensation now, failing to act promptly may disqualify you given that as with all claims for personal injury, strict time limits apply.
At Browell Smith & Co we hold the expertise necessary to establish whether or not you may have a valid claim for compensation. Our considerable experience allows us to both accurately assess the merits of each claim, and then provide appropriate advice in a clear and concise manner. If your claim proceeds we make arrangements for you to be medically examined before entering into negotiations to secure you the compensation to which you are entitled.
As with all claims for personal injury compensation there are time limits within which a claim must be lodged with the Court.
For accident claims, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date of your accident.
For occupational disease cases Court proceedings must be started within three years from the date when you first had reasonable grounds to believe that you may be suffering from a condition which has been caused by a third party. This may be your employer or it could be another organisation with whom you worked or who operated a premises close by.
In the event that court proceedings are not started within three years from the relevant date, the negligent party may be able to escape paying compensation on the basis that your claim is out of time.
The law surrounding the time limits for industrial disease compensation is extremely complex and issues will differ from case to case, particularly when seeking compensation on behalf of a former family member. It is not always necessary to have a firm diagnosis from a medical practitioner for the time limit to commence. In these circumstances you seek legal advice from a specialist as soon as you experience symptoms which you believe may have been caused by a third party.
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