Ask Away Blog: Hearing Loss At Work

Hearing Loss At Work

Thursday, October 24, 2019




 


In this post, we are going to take a look at one of the most common accidents in the workplace in the United States; hearing loss. This is something that can happen in many different environments, and it is slightly different from other workplace claims, as people find that they are often making a claim against an ex-employer, as hearing loss is something that tends to occur over time. Thus, continue reading to discover everything you need to know.

It is vital to recognise that all employers have a duty to provide their workers with a safe and healthy environment. This is something that is required by law. This means that they need to provide you with the necessary training to carry out your tasks properly, and they also need to ensure you have the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). You can learn more here about earplugs and other protection methods available.

Hearing loss is the type of injury that can happen in many different environments, from nightclubs to farms. When there is a continual, loud noise, there is always a chance that hearing damage could occur. It is up to your employer to minimise this chance dramatically by ensuring you are protected from the noise.

If you are thinking about making this type of claim, there are a few key steps that you will need to take. Firstly, you will need to tell your employer. This is because they are legally required to have an accident book and your injury will need to be recorded in this. It is vital that you report the incident to your employer and your safety representative if you have one. Why? Well, by law they are required to have an accident book. They will need to record the incident in this. Moreover, it is likely that your employer will have to inform the local Health and Safety Executive of what has occurred as well.

Aside from this, you need to make a claim sooner rather than later. This is because there is a three-year time limit on all personal injury cases. This usually starts from the date of your accident. However, when it comes to hearing loss, it will begin from the date of your diagnosis. Finally, make sure you keep proof of any expenses you have experienced as a direct result of your injuries, as you can include these in your case in the form of a special damage but you will need proof to do so.

It is essential to see a doctor too if you want to make an accident claim. You may feel this is unnecessary if your injuries are only minor. However, without seeing a doctor you will not have a medical report and therefore you will not be able to prove your injuries. A medical report will detail your injuries and your treatment and this is a must when it comes to determining how much compensation you should receive.

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