Industrial Deafness Claims
Many people that have contributed to the industrial progress of the nation they live in have worked in noisy environments for a very long time. In the past employers were not necessary required to ensure that the best requirements were met for preventing the loss of hearing over time.
Some occupations make workers more likely to experience industrial induced hearing loss. Those that have worked in shipbuilding, construction, railroads, mining, and more, have a high chance of developing hearing loss. Logging and other jobs that used a lot of machinery are also common culprits. Those in the music, theater, or movie industries can also experience hearing loss.
Recognizing The Symptoms
Unfortunately many people that are experiencing hearing loss do not realize it until others point it out to them. Here are some signs that you or someone you know is experiencing some level of deafness. Those experiencing any of these symptoms should consult their physician for a hearing test.
• Frequently asking others to repeat themselves.
• The need to turn music or television up to a high level.
• Frequent ringing or buzzing sounds in the ears
• Denying that people made certain statements
• Loss of ability to react to surroundings
How Noise Affects You
There is no question that the methods of production can be very loud. Proper hearing devices can help prevent this if they are used properly. The problem is that many employers do not enforce workplace safety rules.
While it is never wise to operate something loud without proper protection many people will do so anyway. The employer has a responsibility to at least make some level of effort to ensure that workers adhere to safety protocols. Those exposed to consistently loud sounds can begin to suffer from hearing loss at a younger than average age. Do not assume that just because you are young that your hearing is as good as it should be for someone your age.
Even if you have only experienced very loud sounds a few times over the years, it can effect your lifelong ability to hear. An explosive or high pitched sound near an ear drum even one time can cause excessive hearing damage that lasts a lifetime.
Taking Responsibility For Employee Health And Well Being
Before the Noise At Work Act of 1989 there was little to hold employers accountable for work environments that are too loud to be healthy. If you or someone you know has experienced hearing loss as a result of working in a noisy environment after 1989, then the employer may be liable for damages.
In some cases those that experienced damage before 1989 may be entitled to some level of compensation. The only way to know for sure is to talk to an attorney to see if you have a good case against your former employer.
Help When You Need It
A qualified solicitor can help you build your case and get the compensation you deserve. This can help offset the costs you incur from an inability to work or perform any other daily functions. If you have a family you owe it to them to get your deserved compensation. Attorney can also help you find further assistance and resources while your claim is being considered.
It is important to keep good track of expenses you incur as a result of your hearing loss so that they can be considered in your claim. Counseling, hearing aids, and other medical expenses are all important parts of any claim. Solicitors can help you coordinate medical visits and reports to support your claim so it can be processed more quickly and have a more profitable outcome.
Multiple Industrial Illness Claims
Deafness is often only part of the picture when it comes to employer liability. If you worked in an industrial field for years you may have other circumstances that need addressed when building your case. Those that have worked in mining for example may also have a valid claim for injuries from asbestos exposure but need help due to hearing loss from working near loud drills and other machinery.
Getting Started On Your Claim
One of the biggest hurdles for many is just getting started. This doesn’t have to be hard thought. Our team of solicitors will respond promptly with a free consultation to determine if you have a valid claim. The next step will be to gather the necessary evidence and present your case to your employer. Contact us today to get started. Remember that you are under no financial obligation if we do not succeed in getting you any compensation. There is nothing to lose.