Industrial deafness is one of the most common and devastating types of industrial disease. In the UK it is estimated that 1 million employees are susceptible to industrial deafness. The deafness can come in two forms; both of these are debilitating and can cause other problems to the sufferer and their loved ones. If you have suffered from any type of industrial deafness you may be eligible to compensation to help with rehabilitation, treatment or to help the sufferer cope with their illness.
Tinnitus is a disease of the ears where the sufferer can constantly hear a ringing sound. This sound is usually described as a buzzing noise and worsens in quiet environments. Tinnitus can cause anxiety for the sufferer, which may eventually lead to depression and harm personal relationships. Tinnitus is often associated with the use of loud machinery for extended periods of time, which is most common in workplace environments. There aren’t many early signs of tinnitus and the sufferer only recognises a problem when their hearing starts to deteriorate. To prevent the problem from worsening and turning to complete deafness, it is important to talk to any employer about the workplace conditions. They should make any relevant changes to ensure the health of all employees is not harmed otherwise they could be liable to penalties. There isn’t really any cure for tinnitus and the help comes in the form of rehabilitation for the patient. Understanding the condition is one of the best ways to adjust to the change in lifestyle and compensation from a no win no fee solicitor could help with adjusting to the condition.
The complete loss of hearing can also derive from working with loud machinery in the workplace for too long. Again, there aren’t many early signs of the problem, until the sufferers hearing starts to deteriorate. Muffled sounds and missing parts of the conversation are two of the main symptoms of industrial deafness and it is important to visit your GP if there are any signs that your hearing could worsen. If you have been diagnosed with the early signs of industrial deafness, talk to your employer who will make sufficient changes to protect you and your colleagues. In loud working environments, it is important to take regular tests to ensure the noise levels don’t go too high. To eliminate the noise problem in the workplace, stand one metre away from your colleague. If you find it difficult to hear your workmate the environment is too loud and sufficient steps should be taken to reduce the noise. Industrial deafness can have many implications to the sufferer and their loved ones. The illness can cause a lot of strain on personal relationships and depression is associated with the vast change in lifestyle. Therefore, it is important to receive any compensation you can by making a personal injury claim to ensure you have the sufficient resources to make the adjustment as easy as it can be.
Walker Prestons’ are a solicitors firm based in Blackburn, Lancashire. The team of professional and skilled injury solicitors can help you make your claim and will be by your side, offering support and the best service to ensure your journey is as painless as possible.