Experts at Hattons are warning anyone who thinks there is a chance that they are suffering hearing loss due to exposure to excessive noise at work, to act immediately.
With solicitors seeing more and more noise-induced hearing loss and industrial deafness claims being made, two recent key cases have seen judges becoming more strict with regards the time taken for cases to be brought.
“Traditionally, people had three years from the point of being told they had hearing loss caused by working in a noisy industry – usually by a medical expert – to then make a claim for compensation,” says Sian Taylor, Litigation Executive at Hattons.
“However, it is now widely accepted that working in a noisy industry can affect your hearing and so judges are clearly stating that it is reasonable to expect people who do so and are worried about their hearing to approach their GP within a reasonable time to check if the two are related. As a result, if people now begin a claim more than three years from finding out about their hearing issues, those claims are now likely to be statute barred and therefore unsuccessful.”
With this in mind, experts at Hattons are urging anyone who may be concerned about their hearing and believe it has been caused by their work to get in touch with their GP immediately. By doing so they will be giving any subsequent claim the greatest chance of success.
“We can only reiterate that people need to act fast if they think this applies to them,” adds Sian. “I have successfully dealt with hundreds of these type of claims in industries such as chemicals, textiles, transport and manufacturing, and know that some people can be embarrassed by their hearing condition. As a result, they can be reluctant to accept they have an issue, never mind go and see their doctor about it, but the court has made it clear that a medical confirmation is now required to help make any claim successful. Once people have the confirmation we can then help them, using our no win/no fee approach, to have the best chance of securing the compensation they deserve.”