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Occupational noise-induced hearing loss claims

Exposure to excessive noise levels at work is dangerous and can result in Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss (ONIHL), ringing in the ears, known as Tinnitus, and other hearing conditions.

The level of noise that a person has been exposed to, and the length of time a person has been exposed, increase the risk. Exposure to noise levels above 90 decibels (db) is generally accepted as a dangerous level of exposure.

Employers have a duty to protect their employees health. This may be by, for example, providing effective ear defenders and restricting the length of exposure time.

A common complaint by ONIHL sufferers is that the equipment they have been using at work is old, has not been maintained, and has got noiser with age. Therefore, a piece of equipment which once did not really pose a risk to the employee’s hearing, may have become dangerous. Another complaint is that the ear defenders the employee has been provided with are ineffective.

It is not only those who have used the equipment that can suffer from ONIHL. Those who work in the same environment and are, therefore, equally exposed to the sound can also suffer.

It is often still possible to bring a claim for compensation against a company that no longer exists.

Due to legal time limits for bringing claims for compensation, it is important that you seek legal advice promptly.

If you have been diagnosed with ONIHL, Tinnitus or another work related hearing condition, then please contact a member of the Occupational Disease Team at Maxwell Hodge on: 0151-548-7370