Noise induced hearing loss the ‘new whiplash’?

Noise Induced Hearing loss has been receiving a lot of bad press, with the insurance industry calling for reforms similar to those imposed to Road Traffic Accidents to counter balance the ‘growing fraudulent claims’. It is reported that claims for industrial deafness have increased by over 100% in the last 2 years; so is it as simple as ‘compensation culture’ or are people becoming more aware of what they are entitled to claim? Shouldn’t employees be concerned about the safety in their working environment? The ‘whiplash’ claims have seen a dramatic change following the Ministry of Justice introducing a streamlined process known as the portal; so why not apply this across the board for all personal injury claims including occupational illness? Well quite simply, there is a reason lawyers have spent years specialising in occupational illness claims and that is because of their complexity. Noise Induced Hearing loss first of all has to be assessed and tested by an Audiogram Examination, which will show any actual hearing loss but this test also demonstrates any contributing factors of the loss of hearing, including any internal noise known as tinnitus. Can this examination be falsified? We have considerable amount of expertise in advising our client’s on Occupational Deafness and Tinnitus and we do not believe so. Deafness caused by the work place produces characteristic results on an audiogram, with this and no actual evidence that suggests the increased numbers of claims are fraudulent, the insurance industries reform will only impact genuinely affected employees. This is only the first stage of an Occupational Deafness case, a full working history needs to be taken from the Claimant to identify any potential Defendants and their insurance companies. Not to mention obtaining full occupational health and medical records, if a claim is fully and properly investigated then those few cases which may be fraudulent will be dismissed. To take the stress out of an Occupational Deafness Claim speak to Sara Robertson who has over 12 years’ experience and is able to advise on all aspects of Occupational Illness claims. Speak to Sara today on 01483 408 780.