Compensation Industrial Deafness: Can I claim compensation for occupational hearing loss when I have been provided with ear protection by my employers?
Compensation Industrial deafness: I worked for a textile manufacturer in the United Kingdom for many years and was exposed to high decibel machinery, the company provided hearing defenders which I did use and the company did regular noise testing and audiology checks for employees. On the last two tests I was told that I have low frequency damage, I left this industry approximately 3 years ago.
Industrial Deafness Solicitor Response
It is still possible to claim compensation for industrial deafness even when your employer provided ear protection in the following circumstances:
1. The ear defenders provided were not sufficient to protect your ears from the noise levels at your workplace
The fact is you have damage to your hearing despite using the ear protection provided. In law we say the facts speak for themselves – it seems that the ear defenders were not sufficient to provide the requisite protection otherwise you would not have low frequency hearing damage.
Of course, this would have to be proved – the specification of the ear defenders compared to the factory noise levels would need to be examined.
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2. Time period to claim compensation for industrial deafness
You have mentioned that your hearing was tested on a regular basis and it is approximately three years since you left your place of employ.
You have three years from the date of an injury or accident at work to start a claim. The time period for compensation for industrial deafness starts to run from the date of knowledge of your hearing damage, which in your case would appear to be from the date you were medically diagnosed with hearing problems.
If it is more than three years after your occupational deafness was diagnosed you will be time barred from making a claim.
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