If you are suffering from hearing loss, deafness or tinnitus and your illness can be linked to former or current employment, then you may be eligible for compensation.
It is worth discussing your case with industrial accident solicitors if or when your illness starts to affect your life personally, professionally or financially. Many people live with their illness without the knowledge that it is their legal right to compensation if they have developed hearing loss or tinnitus at work. If you believe that your illness has been caused by your employer, past or present, then you should seek legal advice.
Seek legal advice sooner rather than later
There is a time limit to which you can bring forward industrial deafness or tinnitus claims in the United Kingdom, and that time limit is three years. Your three years starts from the date your hearing loss, deafness or tinnitus was diagnosed, or the date that your illness was first linked with your employment. This is known as your Date of Limitation. After three years, your case will be time-barred or statute barred, preventing you from bringing it forward.
If your illness developed more than three years ago, then it may still be possible to bring your case forward however. Specialist industrial accident solicitors will be able to determine whether or not this is possible, by looking into your case in detail and reviewing past cases.
Can I make a claim if my employer no longer exists?
In cases of industrial hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus where the employer no longer exists, it is still possible to bring forward a claim most of the time. To do so, you still need to have somebody to make a claim against. Usually, this will be your past employer’s insurance company or if this is not applicable, then it may be possible to lodge your claim with your past employer. It is important to keep in mind however that industrial accidents and injuries always require substantial proof. If your accident happened some time ago, it may be very difficult to build a compelling case for financial compensation.
How long will my claim take to process?
Industrial accident solicitors will always work hard to get you your compensation as quickly as possible, however an investigation process has to be followed in order to build you a strong case. Unfortunately, the industrial accident claims investigation process often takes some time to complete and especially so in historic cases. To give you an example, some cases can take just 6-8 weeks to process but others can take several months.
We would be able to give you a better estimate if we knew more about your case. Discuss your case with us for free and with no obligation today by calling 0800 157 1438.