Are you suffering from a hearing loss? Do you hear a ringing or buzzing in your ears? Do you find it difficult to hear conversations in a group of people?
If you do, and you were exposed to excessive noise over a prolonged period of time during the course of your working life you may be suffering from this disease, and able to claim compensation for it.
An example of excessive noise would be an employment where you had to raise your voice or shout to colleagues to communicate.
Examples of employments that are excessively noisy are Engineering Factories, Steel works, Textile companies, Car manufacturers, Road maintenance workers, Fabrication shops, Large scale pottery works, mass baking factories, any large scale manufacturer. However, any employer where you have to raise your voice or shout to communicate could be liable for your loss of hearing.
In order to succeed in this type of claim you have to show that you were exposed to excessive noise levels at work, and that the hearing loss you are suffering from is a result of that exposure. To prove this we will need to obtain an audiogram of your hearing loss.
We also have to establish when you became aware of your hearing loss, and that you were aware that this was linked to your employment. If this is within the three years then you may have a claim for compensation.
Howe+Co have a database containing details of employers liability insurers for employers who are no longer trading. We also carry out detailed searches to obtain details of insurance for employers who may have ceased trading. So even if you think your employer has ceased and you cannot claim we may be able to find the insurance company responsible for your compensation.