Nov
9
2015

Deafness claim settled using the claims portal

We have successfully settled a noise induced hearing loss claim for Mr R who contacted us after seeing our advertisement in the paper.

Around a year before he contacted us, Mr R had noticed that he was suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus and upon seeing our advertisement he connected his hearing problems to his previous noisy work.

Mr R had only been exposed to noise at one employer, British Telecom (BT). He began working for BT in 1969 as a cable jointer and faultsman. He was initially based at GPO on Lytton Street, Middlesbrough, but when this was shut down, he moved to Southerby Road, Middlesbrough and he finally ended worked for the company at Marton Road, Middlesbrough.

His job involved travelling to various locations to find faults in the underground cable network at both domestic and commercial properties. To find a fault, Mr R used an Ohm meter to locate the general area of the fault and then used a tone set to find the specific fault in the wires. This was done using the process of elimination, stripping back the insulation on the wires and touching them together to see if the beeping from the headset would stop. For this whole process, Mr R had to listen to a continuous beeping noises through his headset. This continued throughout his 36 year period of employment with BT.

Mr R was never warned of the dangers of being exposed to excessive noise.

As Mr R was only exposed to excessive noise with one employer, Mr R’s claim had to be submitted through the Claims Portal. The Claims Portal was initially introduced in 2010 for Road Traffic Accident claims and in 2013 was opened up to other types of personal injury claim, including industrial disease claims such as those relating to noise induced hearing loss. The Portal allows information to be passed straight to insurers and aims to increase speed and efficienty whilst also reducing solicitor costs.

We arranged for Mr R to attend a medical appointment with a respected medical expert who provided us with a report which supported the noise induced hearing loss claim.

The claim for his hearing loss compensation settled for £6,500 and was concluded within eight months.

What’s My Deafness Claim Worth has extensive experience in dealing with people suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus. We have a specialist team of solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist, who will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer an unparalleled support network and specialist legal expertise. If you have suffered a personal injury, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.If you are suffering from loss of hearing, buzzing or ringing in your ears, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

If you have been affected by hearing loss or exposure to noisy working environments you should not hesitate to contact us or to try our ‘Calculate my Claim’ feature on the right hand side of this page to see what your claim may be worth. We understand that the symptoms that you are suffering from can have serious consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account any time you have had to take off work, any treatment you have had to pay for including the cost of hearing aids and any other losses that you may have incurred.

All claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis.

Call 0800 849 8700 to speak to a member of our specialist team of Industrial Disease lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.

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