Are you part of the 22 million Americans who are at risk of suffering from industrial hearing loss? Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is far more widespread than people realize. If you have worked in a noisy environment for 20-30 years or more and have noticed problems with your hearing, then you should get yourself tested as soon as possible.
You may be entitled to compensation if your employers have not taken the necessary measures to create a safe working environment and provided you with the right equipment to protect yourself from hearing loss. Your legal entitlement will depend on the state, so let a professional guide you through the process.
About Industrial Hearing Loss
Industrial hearing loss, also known as a noise-induced hearing loss, is a hearing impairment caused by excessive exposure to loud sounds. This work-related condition typically occurs in industries such as construction, trucking, engineering, and manufacturing, where injurious noises prevail.
Continuous and regular exposure to sounds of 85dB and higher can cause a permanent hearing impairment in workers. As a result, sufferers can have issues hearing the television or following conversations, particularly in settings with high levels of background noise. The reason for this is that NIHL affects your ability to hear sounds at high frequencies.
Since those who have industrial hearing loss are often still able to hear sounds at low frequencies, they may be unaware that they have a problem with hearing. Signs to look out for are turning up the volume on your television, having problems hearing the phone when it rings, and people complaining that you are speaking too loudly. If this sounds familiar, then you may have suffered a loss of hearing.
Has my work caused my NIHL?
When making a claim, it is important to understand whether or not your current or previous working environment is to blame for your hearing loss. By gaining a full understanding of your work history, we can establish whether or not your employment is to blame.
Often, those who have worked in noisy workplaces with high levels of exposure to loud sounds will be more at risk of incurring damage. If working in industries such as engineering, road drilling, mining, and machinery operation, then you will likely have been exposed to sounds at 85 decibels or higher.
Your employer will have a duty of care towards you, which means they will need to protect your health and safety while at work. If they fail to put the right measures in place and do not carry out the required risk assessment, then you may be entitled to make a claim to obtain compensation for hearing loss sustained as a result of their negligence.
Making a Claim for Industrial Hearing Loss
&nbsith the right help, you may get legal entitlement for industrial hearing loss. We can assist in making the testing and claim process as straightforward as possible, as well as getting the right medical treatment for your condition.
Time limits to your claim: If you know you are suffering from serious problems with your hearing due to exposure to noise, then you must not delay taking action. You will need to make a claim within three years of knowing, so contact us as soon as possible.
Whether or not the business is still trading: You may believe that if the company is no longer trading, you will not be able to obtain rightful compensation. However, from 1972 onwards, all businesses must have employer’s liability insurance, and they are required to pay any compensation. If we can trace their liability insurers, then you would still be able to make a claim.
We can help you make a claim for your tinnitus or industrial deafness. The aim is to get compensation for the injury, as well as the distress you may be suffering from due to living with the condition.
Securing proper compensation can be difficult without the right help. A professional with the necessary experience can make the process quick and easy for you, so you can get access to the medical care and support you deserve.