Compensation success for plumber with hearing loss and tinnitus
Here at What’s My Deafness Claim Worth, we have recently successfully pursued a claim for noise induced hearing loss for a client who had worked in excessive noise for over 12 years without hearing protection.
Our client was employed in the 1980s as a plumber for a local authority, working renovating their housing stock.
When our client was at work he would be exposed to noise from many sources, including from diesel generators, dumper trucks, powered saws and hilti guns.
This employer had a very poor attitude to health and safety and failed to provide any personal protective equipment to its employers and so our client was not given any hearing protection.
Our client then worked for a plumbing company in the 1990s. This job usually involved installing plumbing in new houses. Our client was subjected to high levels of noise from the construction works, including from pneumatic drills and JCBs. Again, our client was not provided with any hearing protection.
Recently our client developed a whistling noise in his ears. He also found that he would sometimes not hear people who were speaking to him. He was referred by his GP for a hearing test and was diagnosed with noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
Although our client’s noise exposure started 30 years ago, we were able to trace the employers our client had worked for. Importantly, we were able to trace the insurers who covered each employer when our client worked there.
Both employers initially disputed our client’s claim, but we were able to successfully pursue it, recovering £5,500 compensation for our client.
If you think that you may have suffered hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of noise exposure, we will be happy to advise you. Please contact us on Freephone 0800 849 8700 for free advice.