Industrial Hearing Loss FAQs
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Here are some common industrial hearing loss FAQs.
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What is Workplace Hearing Loss?
Noise induced hearing loss can arise through prolonged exposure to a noisy workplace. Employers are under a legal duty (and are required by law to have insurance to cover this) to provide a safe place of work which includes monitoring noise is at safe levels or if necessary providing personnel with ear protection.
As a general rule, if you have to raise your voice to speak to someone two metres away from you, it is likely the noise in your workplace is exceeding regulations.
You do not still need to be in the noisy conditions. The regulations apply as far back as 1961 and the hearing loss caused by it can come on many years later. It can take three formes; accoustic trauma (permanent damage), tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and Hyperacusis (increased sensitivity).
Can I make a claim?
You need not be still employed by your employer to make a Workplace Hearing Loss claim and you don’t need to have had medical treatment for your condition to make a claim. You can claim even if the exposure occurred decades ago, but usually for most types of workplace hearing loss, the exposure must have occurred since 1961. If you have the above symptoms, we will give you free, no obligation advice as to whether you have a claim.
What do I have to pay?
Since our firm was established 13 years ago, we prided ourselves on our clients receiving 100% of their compensation. As solicitors, we claim our legal fees from our opponents on top of any compensation and therefore, we gave the guarantee that our clients receive 100% compensation.
However, following Government changes and the introduction of the Legal aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act which came into force on the 1 April 2013, we are now not able to recover all of our legal fees from our opponent and therefore only on successful cases, we do make a small charge from our client’s compensation.
Therefore, if you are successful in your claim there will be a charge of up to 20% of your compensation. If for whatever reason, you are unsuccessful we will make no charge for our work and therefore our agreement remains a No Win No Fee agreement.
Given the new rules will allow solicitors and claims management companies to charge a fee of up to 50% of the compensation awarded (and we are aware of firms who do this), we think our small deduction is very competitive and keeping in the tradition of ensuring clients get the maximum, and as much of the compensation as possible.
What does “No Win, No Fee” actually mean?
It is simple: if you do not succeed in your claim, you pay nothing.
Will I have to fill out loads of paperwork?
No, we will be able to do most of the necessary paperwork for you. You will have to check the details of your claim before it is submitted, but we will assist you with this.