Hearing loss claims in 6 simple steps
Did you know that we specialise in noise-induced hearing loss claims? It’s also known as industrial deafness and it’s caused by spending too much time in noisy work environments without the appropriate hearing protection. We offer free telephone consultations to those that believe they might be entitled to compensation due to hearing loss caused by work. During these calls, we always get asked the same question:
What does the process look like?
We’ve compiled a comprehensive breakdown of the steps we take when pursuing a claim for our industrial deafness claims clients.
We offer free no obligation consultations with a solicitor. The solicitor takes some details and assesses whether or not the client might be entitled to compensation. Some questions we ask might include where the client worked and if they’ve ever been diagnosed with hearing loss.
We’ll also take this time to explain each step of the process. We will then open a new case and send the client paperwork that we require to begin claiming.
We book our client in for a private hearing test with an audiologist. The hearing test does not take very long and more often than not, it’ll take place in Belfast city centre. We then wait for the results before sending them to a hearing loss expert consultant. The consultant analyses the results and helps us understand the severity of the deafness. This helps us draw an opinion on the value of the claim. They do this by way of a medical report which we can also use as evidence in the case. Depending on these results, we either halt or progress the case.
With our new client’s permission, we write to HMRC to request an employment schedule. This will let us know where and when the client was employed. Often, the client will have worked in multiple noisy environments and there may be more than one defendant in the case.
Now that we’ve obtained evidence from a medical professional, we’ll send a letter of claim to the defendant or defendants. At this stage the defendant might want to have the client examined by their own hearing loss professional, but this is rare. The defendant now has the opportunity to refute the case and if they do we’ll take them to court. However, in most instances the defendant would rather settle the case in mediation with us.
If the defendant accepts liability or otherwise indicates a willingness to settle the case, we will enter negotiations. This tends to be with the company itself, an insurance provider or another solicitor. Hearing loss compensation can range from a fairly low figure up to £42,000. However, in more extreme cases it can range up to £80,000.
Collect your cheque
Once the case is settled the defendant’s insurance company will send us a cheque for our client. They will also cover other costs such as professional fees and the cost of the audiogram. These are not deducted from the compensation awarded. In many cases, the first and only time clients visit our office is for the purpose of this final step. This concludes the process.
If you suffer from symptoms of tinnitus or deafness and worked in a noisy environment, you may be entitled to compensation. Click here to learn more about our services or contact us for a free no obligation chat.