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Industrial Deafness Compensation Claims

Industrial noise is the most common cause of occupational hearing loss or as it is commonly known, industrial deafness. It is irreversible. More than 1 million employees in Australia are estimated to be exposed to high levels of industrial noise at work, so high as to cause permanent hearing impairment.

Workers who suffer permanent hearing impairment and can achieve the thresholds set under the respective Acts, are able to claim lump sum compensation and the cost of medical treatment including hearing aids.

Industrial deafness occurs as a result of exposure to noisy work environments over a long period of time and generally affects hearing in the higher frequencies.

The symptoms of a worker suffering from industrial deafness include but are not limited to:

    1. Difficulties hearing in open spaces, such as shopping centres;
    2. Difficulty talking on the telephone;
    3. Listening to the television on a higher volume.

Normally, workers who have to shout to communicate with their colleagues who are in close proximity is a clear indication that their employment has the tendencies, incidents, and/or characteristics which would, on the balance of probabilities, give rise to a real risk of boilermakers’ deafness, or deafness of a similar origin.

It is important to note that even though you may be working in NSW, your claim may be made against another states’ workers compensation legislation.

Occupations Causing Exposure

Occupations which could expose you to noise sufficient to cause industrial deafness:

    1. Machine operators
    2. Factory workers
    3. Construction workers
    4. Farmers
    5. Miners
    6. Truck drivers

Industrial Deafness Claims Lawyer

FAQ

What is the fee policy in industrial deafness claims?

What is the fee policy in industrial deafness claims?

No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers | Turner Freeman NSWFor personal injury claims in the state of New South Wales we act for our clients on a ‘No Win-No Fee’ basis. So in other words unless we recover compensation for our client, we will not charge for our work. Be sure to ask one of our lawyers if you have any questions regarding our fee policy, as conditions do apply.

Who is the claim against?

Who is the industrial deafness claim against?

If you are still working in a noisy environment then you may be required to make your hearing impairment claim against your current employer.

Should you be retired or unemployed the claim is required to be made against your last noisy employer.

What am I entitled to?

What am I entitled to?

You might be entitled to

  • The supply and fitting of hearing aids.
  • Lump sum compensation

I have previously claimed for hearing loss. Can I claim again?

I have previously claimed for hearing loss. Can I claim again?

You can make another claim for industrial deafness compensation if:

    1. you continued to work in a noisy work environment after your last claim; and
    2. your hearing has deteriorated.

Turner Freeman can arrange for you to have a free hearing test to determine if your hearing loss has deteriorated since your last claim.

To make a further claim for lump sum compensation your further hearing loss sustained must satisfy the thresholds above.

How long will my claim take?

How long will my industrial deafness claim take?

Each claim is unique.  A claim may take approximately 6 to 12 months to finalise. Our expert lawyers will be in a better position to advise you of a time estimation after an initial consultation with you.

Are there any time limits on making a claim?

Are there any time limits on making a claim?

There are no time limitations to lodge your industrial deafness compensation claim.

How much will I be charged?

How much will I be charged?

Before we commence investigations in hearing loss claims, we first apply to the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO) for funding for your claim.  You will not be required to pay any legal costs or disbursements. "No Win No Fee".

Exempt workers

Exempt workers:

    1. Fire fighters
    2. Police officers
    3. Paramedics

Claims for workers who are exempt are run differently.  After an initial consultation with a lawyer at our office, should we be of the opinion you have reasonable prospects in succeeding in a noise induced hearing loss claim we will arrange for you to consult a WorkCover Accredited Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist.

Upon receiving the Specialist's report, we will be able to advise you of your entitlements.

A claim will be lodged on your last noisy employer.  Should you be successful in your claim, your costs will be paid by the workers compensation insurer.

What should I do next?

What should I do next?

Contact Turner Freeman Lawyers on 13 43 63 to arrange a consultation to discuss your entitlements.

Our Industrial Deafness Brochure

For more information about your Industrial Deafness claim click on the icon below to view our brochure. If you are unaware of your current situation or need further assistance we can provide you with all the relevant guidance you need.

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