May
3
2016

Hearing loss compensation awarded to former welder

 

We successfully pursued a claim for noise induced hearing loss for a former welder. Mr B noticed that his hearing had been gradually deteriorating and, after having a free hearing test at a specialist hearing aid shop, he was advised that he was suffering with noise induced hearing loss.

Mr B contacted us and our specialist hearing loss solicitors guided him through his employment history, identifying employers who had exposed him to excessive noise. Generally, we can say that a workplace has been too loud if employees have had to shout or raise their voice to be heard when communicating with colleagues working just a few feet away.

It was found that Mr B was exposed to excessive noise by three employers.

In approximately 1967 he worked for J Booth (Metal Fabrications) Limited as a welder for about seven months. Mr B fabricated welds on metal boxes and worked in an area with about ten other people also carrying out this kind of work. They regularly had to bang and chip away at welds to ensure a smooth finish and this made for a noisy work environment.

Mr B then worked for various companies but was not exposed to excessive noise with them.

Then in approximately 1977 Mr B went to work for a company, C H Thompson Ltd based in Oldham. He worked on the shop floor as a welder and was exposed to noise from electrical grinders, air expanders, air chippers and riveting guns. It was a very noisy environment to work in and Mr B advised that it was sometimes impossible for him to speak to colleagues working close to him, evern when shouting. Mr B recalled that cotton wool ear plugs were provided and he did wear these but found them to be inadequate, failing to block out the noise and frequently falling out of his ears. He worked there for about 10 years.

Between approximately 1987 and 2005 Mr B was employed by Rochdale Electrical Welding Co Ltd, again as a welder. He and his colleagues used 10 inch air and electrical grinders to grind down welds. They also used expanders, riveting guns and handheld tools to carry out their work. The work environment was extremely loud and Mr B had to shout to be heard by colleagues working near him.

We were able to trace insurance cover for C H Thompson Ltd and Rochdale Electrical Welding Co Ltd, which accounted for around 98% of the total claim.

We arranged for Mr B to see an independent medical expert who provided a report in support of the claim. The report helped us to value the claim by detailing how much of Mr B’s hearing loss had been due to his excessive noise exposure and how much earlier Mr B had needed hearing aids than he would have if his hearing had not been damaged by noise.

Court proceedings were issued but the claim settled without the need for Mr B to go to Court. He received over £9,000 in hearing loss compensation.

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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