Tinnitus is a debilitating injury that is usually caused by a prolonged exposure to loud or repetitive noises. However, it can also be caused by a single incident, such as an explosion, or a loud, sudden noise. It is often referred to as a “ringing in the ears”, however tinnitus can manifest itself in many ways. It can certainly be a ringing in the ears, but it can also be a ticking or clicking noise, and sometimes a hissing noise.
If you are suffering from tinnitus, and your illness has been caused by somebody else, such as an employer, then you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Am I eligible for a tinnitus claim?
To be eligible for a tinnitus claim, there are two key criteria you need to meet:
- Three-year limit: Personal injury claims have a three-year limitation period. This means you must bring forward your claim within three years from the date that your accident happened, or from the date that your tinnitus was first diagnosed. This is known as your Date of Limitation. After three years, personal injury claims become statute barred or time-barred under the Limitation Act 1980.
- Level of liability: To have a strong claim for compensation, not only do you need to know who to make a claim against, but it must be provable that somebody else was responsible for causing your tinnitus. Most tinnitus claims are made against past or present employers. If this is the case with you, then it will likely be quite simple to prove liability, by reviewing your employer’s health and safety records.
How can I ensure my claim is strong?
It is the job of your personal injury lawyer to build you a strong case for compensation, and your role in the claims process will be minimal. Having said that, one recommendation that we have is to always provide to your lawyer any information that comes to mind about the circumstances leading up to, during and after your accident. Often, people can have flashbacks of an incident and remember accidents in stages. If this is the case with yourself, you should contact your lawyer with any newly remembered information as it comes in, no matter how trivial it may seem, so no stone goes left unturned during your claim.
In addition to this, we recommend that most people take time off work during the claims process. Returning to work can sometimes work against you when making a claim, since an insurer may deem your injuries as not severe. You can claim back any lost income, too, so you should not lose out financially by taking a few weeks off work.