Oct
13
2016

Successful hearing loss claim for former tank cleaner

What’s My Deafness Claim Worth’s specialist hearing loss claim solicitors have successfully pursued a claim for a client who sustained noise induced hearing loss after being exposed to very high noise levels at work.

Our client was employed by a company which cleaned out tankers used in road haulage. For the first seven years of this employment, our client  was not provided with any hearing protection.

Our client was not exposed to excessive noise levels constantly through his working day, however, a number of processes he had to carry out were incredibly noisy.

Our client had to clean out tanks with a mixture of steam and chemicals. This process involved a high pressure build up of steam which was vented out of the tanks though a small vent. This lasted for up to an hour. During that time the noise levels were such that it was impossible for our client to communicate with his colleagues, even by shouting to them.

Also, from time to time our client had to spend an entire shift cleaning out the inside of a tank using an angle grinder. Again, this was so loud that our client could not even make himself heard by shouting.

Our client and his colleagues complained to their employer that the noise levels meant that the work caused them to have headaches. However, hearing protection was not provided until our client had been in the job for seven years. By this time he had, unfortunately, suffered irreversible damage to his hearing.

Our client was unaware of the damage he had suffered to his hearing until many years later, when his hearing deteriorated further due to the ageing process.

Our client started to notice that he would struggle to follow conversations in crowded places where there was a lot of background noise. He also started having to turn his television up louder than the rest of his family wanted it.

Initailly our client thought that all of his hearing difficulties were down to getting older. However, he consulted What’s My Deafness Claim Worth and our experienced hearing loss solicitors were able to advise that noise exposure was also likely to be a contributory factor. This was confirmed by a hearing test and a report obtained from an ENT consultant.

Fortunately for our client, the level of hearing loss he had sustained from noise exposure was less severe than in some cases. In addition, he did not develop tinnitus, which often accompanies noise induced hearing loss.

We were able to pursue a no win no fee hearing loss claim for our client and recovered £3500 compensation on his behalf.

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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