How Much Are Tinnitus After A Car Accident Compensation Claims Worth?

In this guide, we will look at the process of claiming tinnitus after a car accident compensation. If you’re in a road accident caused by the negligence of someone who had a responsibility to consider your safety, you could be owed compensation. This guide will explain how to claim and how your settlement amount could be valued.

This guide will address how you can prove your injury, as this is an important aspect of successfully claiming. We’ll also look at the duty of care that you are owed when on the road, and how a breach of this duty can occur.

Tinnitus after a car accident

Tinnitus after a car accident claim guide

You might also be wondering how tinnitus can occur after a road traffic accident and the effect that this can have on your quality of life. In order to address this, we’ll look at some of the symptoms of this kind of injury and what kinds of accidents can cause it.

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A Guide On What Your Tinnitus After A Car Accident Compensation Payout Includes

In order to make a personal injury claim for any kind of accident, whether it’s a road traffic accident, an accident at work or an accident in a public place, you need to prove that you sustained an injury as a direct result of negligence.

In short, the following criteria need to apply in order for you to make a successful claim for compensation:

  • A third party owed you a duty of care
  • This duty of care was breached; and
  • As a result of this breach, an accident occurred in which you were injured.

There are several circumstances where a duty of care applies. This article will focus on the duty of care that applies when you’re on the road.

All road users have a duty of care to all other users of the road. This means that everyone on the road has a responsibility to keep others safe. Road users should conduct themselves with the standard of skill and care of the average motorist.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 is the legislation that outlines this duty of care. Road users can also look to the Highway Code for information on the steps they should take to help ensure themselves and others on the road are safe.

Read on to learn more about what can help you to prove this breach of duty in a claim for tinnitus after a car accident compensation.

What Is Tinnitus And Hearing Loss?

Tinnitus and hearing loss are two conditions that you could experience as the result of a breach of duty of care. However, the conditions and the effects that they cause do differ.

Tinnitus describes a condition where you hear noises that are not caused by external sources. A lot of the time, tinnitus can improve on its own.

Hearing loss can happen naturally as you get older. However, it can also occur as the result of a single incident like a car accident. You could claim compensation if the accident that caused your hearing loss happened because the duty of care that you were owed was breached.

While both of these conditions can be relatively minor, they can also cause problems for the person who is affected. As a result, your quality of life may be impacted with you suffer from either of these conditions as the result of a breach of duty of care.

For more guidance on claiming compensation for tinnitus after a car accident, speak with one of our advisors today.

Symptoms Of Hearing Loss And Tinnitus

If you experience tinnitus, you might notice that you’re able to hear any of the below sounds without an external source:

  • Ringing
  • Whooshing
  • Buzzing
  • Humming
  • Hissing
  • Throbbing
  • Music/singing

If you experience tinnitus after a car accident, it might be because of a perforated eardrum. Some of the other symptoms of this injury include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Earache
  • An itchy ear
  • Fluid coming from the ear
  • A high temperature
  • Ringing/buzzing in the ear

In some cases, you might undergo surgery to repair a perforated eardrum. There are also options available for treating tinnitus; however, much of the time, this is treatment that changes the way you think about and experience tinnitus rather than fixing the issue completely.

The symptoms of hearing loss are quite self-explanatory; you’re no longer able to hear as well as you could. However, it can be difficult to tell whether your hearing has deteriorated. Some signs that it has might include:

  • Difficulty hearing others in noisy environments
  • Asking people to repeat what they have said
  • Needing to turn the volume up on the TV or radio
  • Problems with hearing people in phone conversations
  • Feeling tired and stressed because of the energy it takes to concentrate on listening

For more information on claiming tinnitus after a car accident compensation, speak with our team of advisors today.

Does Ringing In The Ears And Tinnitus Go Away After A Car Accident?

It’s difficult to tell initially whether or not your tinnitus will go away after a car accident. In some cases, tinnitus is relatively mild and goes away a few days after the incident occurs.

In some cases, however, tinnitus does not go away on its own. Furthermore, the treatment that exists for tinnitus is not designed to make the condition go away. Instead, they aim to help the person cope with the condition.

Treatment can include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This can help adjust your way of thinking in relation to the condition. Tinnitus might also make you anxious- if so, CBT can help reduce this anxiety
  • Counselling. This can enable you to learn more about your condition and help you cope with the symptoms.
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy. This kind of therapy uses sound to retrain your brain and help you tune out your symptoms. The hope is that, in time, you might become less aware of it.

Every condition is different, so we can’t say for certain if or how quickly your tinnitus will clear up. However, your claim for tinnitus after a car accident compensation may be higher if it’s more long-lasting. Speak to one of our advisors if you want more information.

How Do Road Traffic Accidents Cause Tinnitus?

There are numerous ways that an accident on the road could bring about tinnitus. As we have already mentioned, you might sustain a burst eardrum as a result. This could cause hearing loss, which might lead to tinnitus.

Your eardrum could be perforated in a number of different ways in an accident. For example, a loud noise from the collision or the airbag deploying could cause you to sustain this kind of injury.

Statistics

In 2020, there were 115,584 road traffic accident casualties of all severity levels. This was a reduction of 22% from the previous year.

The greatest decrease in accident type this year compared to the last year was in the cyclist casualty rate. This reduced by 34% between 2019 and 2020.

How Do Traumatic Head Injuries Cause Tinnitus?

You might sustain a head injury in a road traffic accident that is caused by the negligence of another party. This could happen in a number of different ways. For example:

  • Another driver fails to leave a safe stopping distance between their vehicle and yours. When you come to a stop, they crash into the back of you. As a result, your head is thrown forward and collides with the steering wheel.
  • You’re cycling down a cycle path. A car driver is momentarily distracted by changing their radio and swerves into your path. As a result, you’re knocked from the bike and suffer a head injury when you collide with the ground.
  • You’re a pedestrian who is crossing the road, and a vehicle runs a red light, knocking you from your feet.

Trauma to the head can affect blood flow. This can impact how well nerves in the head, including the auditory nerves and the inner ear, are able to function. If their function is impaired, then you could develop tinnitus.

It’s not always the case that a traumatic head or jaw injury leads to tinnitus, but this could happen. If this happens to you, you might be able to claim tinnitus after a car accident compensation successfully. Get in touch with an advisor today if you want to learn more.

Liability For Tinnitus After A Car Accident Compensation Payouts

In order to get compensation for tinnitus after a car accident, you will need to show that a breach of duty of care on the part of another road user caused you to be injured.

As we have already touched upon in this guide, all road users owe one another a duty of care. The way that road users are expected to act is outlined in the Highway Code.

How Can I Prove My Claim?

There are some steps that you can take after the accident occurs that might help to support your claim and show that the other party was at fault. These include:

  • Seeking medical attention. You should do this after you’ve been injured in an accident for your own benefit, as it will ensure that you get any treatment you need for your injuries. However, this will also generate a medical report. This can then be referred to when your claim is being assessed.
  • Taking photographs. You could take photos of the scene of the accident and the damage to the vehicles. For example, if you take a photograph that shows damage to the back of your vehicle and the front of the other car, this could indicate that you’re not at fault; this is because, in rear-end accidents, the following car will often be at fault for failing to leave a safe stopping distance.
  • Collecting contact details. In some instances, there may be people who have seen what happened and can provide a statement in support of your claim. You can take their contact details so that they can provide a statement at a later date.
  • Requesting CCTV. CCTV, for example from a shop, could catch the accident on camera. You can request this to support your claim. You can also use dashcam footage.

For further guidance on the steps you can take after being injured to support your claim for tinnitus after a car accident compensation, speak with an advisor today.

Calculating Claims For Tinnitus After A Car Accident Compensation

There is no one answer to the question “how much compensation could I receive for tinnitus?”. This is because all claims are based on individual circumstances.

When you make a claim for personal injury compensation, you can receive two different heads of claim. The first of these is general damages, and this compensates you for the pain and suffering that your injuries have caused you. This pain and suffering can be physical or psychological.

As part of your claim, you may be invited to a medical assessment. This is so that your injuries can be assessed. A report will be generated from this appointment which will be used to value your claim.

We have included the table below showing some guideline compensation brackets from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a document that can be used to help value claims.

InjuryCompensationNotes
Total deafness £85,170 to £102,890Higher end of the bracket will involve tinnitus and have an impact on speech
Total loss of hearing in one ear £29,380 to £42,730Towards the higher end of the bracket will be appropriate where there are associated problems like dizziness or headaches.
Tinnitus £27,890 to £42,730Severe tinnitus and noise induced hearing loss
Tinnitus £13,970 to £27,890Moderate tinnitus and hearing loss or moderate to severe tinnitus alone
Tinnitus £11,820 to £13,970Mild tinnitus with some noise induced hearing loss
Tinnitus Around £11,000Mild tinnitus alone, or mild hearing loss alone
Tinnitus £6,910 to £11,820Slight or occasional tinnitus with slight hearing loss
Tinnitus Up to £6,580Slight hearing loss without tinnitus, or slight tinnitus with no hearing loss

Read on for information on what other kinds of damages could be included in tinnitus after a car accident compensation. You can also get in touch with our advisors for a no-obligation assessment of the value of your claim.

What Other Compensation Can I Get For Tinnitus?

The second potential head of your claim is special damages. This will compensate you for the financial impact of your injury.

Special damages can include:

  • Travel costs to and from medical appointments
  • The cost of additional medical care (for example, counselling that you cannot get on the NHS)
  • Loss of earnings if you have had to take time off work to recover

In order to claim special damages, you will need to provide evidence. For example, you could show receipts for the cost of taxis to and from medical appointments, or payslips to demonstrate the earnings you have lost.

For more information on the special damages you could include in a tinnitus after a car accident compensation claim, speak with an advisor today.

Tinnitus After A Car Accident Compensation Claims With No Win No Fee Solicitors

When making a personal injury claim, it helps to use a No Win No Fee solicitor. A solicitor can offer guidance and support that could help the claims process run more smoothly.

However, you might be concerned about the cost of hiring a solicitor. If this is the case, you might benefit from a No Win No Fee agreement.

A No Win No Fee agreement is an agreement that sets out what conditions need to be met before a payment is made to your solicitor. It means that there is nothing to pay upfront or as the claim progresses.

Furthermore, if your No Win No Fee claim is unsuccessful, there is nothing to pay your solicitor. The only time you will be expected to pay them is if your claim is a success. Then, a legally-capped percentage will be deducted from your compensation as a success fee.

Please speak to us about making a No Win No Fee claim for tinnitus after a car accident compensation. If you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.

Why Choose Us For A Tinnitus Claim?

There are a number of benefits to pursuing a claim with one of our solicitors:

  • Our solicitors have years of experience in relation to these kinds of claims
  • Our advisors are on hand to offer you free legal advice about the validity of your claim
  • Some aspects of the claim process may seem daunting, be jargon-heavy or appear complex. Working with someone with knowledge of these claims means that they can explain this to you in a way you will understand.
  • You can only make one claim, so it’s important that everything is included. Working with a solicitor can help ensure that nothing is left out of your claim.

All of this should help to explain how we can help you make your tinnitus after a car accident compensation claim. If you want more information, feel free to get in touch with us anytime.

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Read More About RTA Claims

Hopefully, this guide has answered your questions about making a tinnitus after a car accident compensation claim. Below, we have included some more of our guides that you might find helpful:

Fatal accident claims

Claiming if you were hit by a car at a junction 

Information on the symptoms of a whiplash injury

THINK! is the government’s road safety campaign

You can request CCTV footage that you appear in

The NHS provides guidance on using hearing aids.

FAQs

Is there a cure for tinnitus?

There is no cure for tinnitus. However, you can undergo treatment to make it easier to cope with

What should I do if I am suffering from tinnitus?

You should seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of tinnitus.

How long do I have to file a claim for tinnitus?

The time limit for starting a claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Exceptions can apply, however. Speak with an advisor for more information.

Thank you for reading our claim about claiming tinnitus after a car accident compensation.

Guide by MA

Edited by FS