By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 3rd January 2024. Have you suffered ear damage that has caused you pain or impacted your quality of life? Was the ear damage you sustained a result of a breach of duty of care? If so, you could be entitled to ear damage compensation.
Suffering ear damage can lead to significant pain and suffering that impact your daily life. Furthermore, you could also notice an impact on your hearing which can affect the things you’re able to do. In some serious cases, you may even be left unable to continue in your job role because of the injuries you sustained.
You can contact our team of advisers today to receive 24/7 free legal advice about your case. If your claim is valid, they could then connect you with an expert personal injury solicitor to begin the claims process.
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- When Am I Eligible To Claim For An Ear Injury?
- How Long Do I Have To Claim For Ear Damage?
- Common Accidents That Can Cause An Ear Injury
- Evidence For An Ear Injury Claim
- Calculating Ear Damage Compensation Claims
- No Win No Fee Claims For Ear Damage Compensation
- Essential References
To be eligible to make a personal injury claim if you have suffered an injury to the ear, you would need to prove:
- Someone owed you a duty of care.
- They breached this duty of care.
- You suffered an ear injury due to their breach.
Various parties owe you a duty of care, such as:
- Owners/operators of public premises – Those in charge of public premises owe members of the public an established duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. They must make sure their premises are safe to use for their intended purposes.
- Employers – Employers all owe their employees a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). They must take reasonable steps to prevent the risk of injury or illness to their employees.
- Road users – All road users have a duty of care towards others using the roads. They must take care to use the roads in a manner that will not cause harm to themselves or others. They must also adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and follow the rules and the guidance contained within the Highway Code.
There are various way you could suffer damage to your ears. For example, you may suffer an ear injury from getting hit by a car and the airbag exploding. However, you must meet the aforementioned eligibility requirements in order to have a valid personal injury claim.
To check the eligibility of your case, you can contact a member of our team today.
When making an ear injury claim, as with all personal injury claims, you must start legal proceedings within 3 years of the accident date. This time limit is set out by the Limitation Act 1980. There are also certain exceptions to this.
If a child suffers an ear injury from being hit by a car, for example, they would not be able to launch their claim until they reach 18 years of age. From this date, they will then have 3 years to do so. Alternatively, a litigation friend could begin legal proceedings on their behalf.
For those who lack the mental capacity to make their own legal proceedings, the time limit is frozen. A litigation friend could act on their behalf during this time. Should a claim not be made for them, and they regain this mental capacity, they will have 3 years to begin the claiming process from the date of recovery.
If you have suffered an injury to the ear and would like to know whether you are within the time limit to start a personal injury claim, contact our advisors.
There are various types of accidents that could cause you to suffer an injury to the ear. Some examples could include:
- Car accidents – If someone crashes into your car, the loud noise of the airbag deploying could cause you to suffer an injury to your eardrum and a ringing and buzzing sound in your ear due to this.
- Accidents in public places – Again, there are many injuries that could involve the ear from an accident in a public place. Trips, slips and falls could cause the loss of an ear itself due to falling into sharp objects or permanent damage to the ear canal from penetrating injuries.
- Workplace accidents – Accidents involving industrial machinery could also damage the ear. For example, if a guard is not fitted to a machine correctly, this could result in debris flying out, which could cause an injury to your ear.
These are only a few examples of how an ear injury could occur. To see whether you may have a valid ear injury compensation claim, please contact an advisor.
If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim after suffering an injury to the ear, you will need to submit evidence to support your case. The evidence you may be able to collect would differ depending on the facts and circumstances of your case. Typically, however, the below types of evidence could be useful.
- Medical evidence – If you have seen a doctor or another medical professional about your ear injury there will be a record in your medical notes. This could be useful evidence to back up your claim.
- Witness details – If someone witnessed the accident in which you were injured, they could be approached at a later date to provide a statement.
- Evidence of the accident – Photographs, CCTV footage or accident reports could all form part of the evidence you submit with your claim.
- Documentary evidence of cost and losses – If you have suffered financial losses or costs due to your injuries, you will need to subit evidence of them. This could include payslips, bank statements and invoices.
To learn more about gathering evidence to make a claim for an ear injury from getting hit, falling, or being in any other type of accident, please contact an advisor.
Some articles may have a personal injury claims calculator to show how much compensation your injury may be awarded. Whilst this can be useful, this guide instead provides a compensation table to illustrate how much multiple severities of ear damage may be valued in compensation.
The figures below are taken from the latest Judicial College Guidelines. The amount you actually receive as a compensation award may vary.
The top entry has not been taken from the JCG.
|Multiple serious injuries plus special damages
|Multiple serious injuries plus special damages such as loss of earnings and travel expenses.
|Up to £200,000+
|Total deafness. The lower end of the bracket is when there aren’t tinnitus or speech issues. The higher end of the bracket is when both of these are present.
|£90,750 to £109,650
|Total Loss of Hearing in One Ear
|If the person suffers headaches, tinnitus or dizziness, they may be awarded the higher end of the bracket.
|£31,310 to £45,540
|Partial Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus (i)
|Severe tinnitus and NIHL.
|£29,710 to £45,540
|Partial Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus (ii)
|Moderate tinnitus and NIHL or moderate to severe tinnitus or NIHL experienced in isolation.
|£14,900 to £29,710
|Partial Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus (iiii)
|Mild tinnitus with some NIHL.
|£12,590 to £14,900
General and special damages are the two heads of claim that usually make up a compensation award. The amount you receive depends on how severe your injury is and how long it takes to heal.
General damages compensate for the injury itself and how severely it affected your physical and psychiatric health. This covers both physical injuries and the mental impact of things like post-traumatic stress disorder.
Special damages, on the other hand, are the part of your compensation that covers you for the financial impact that your injury has had on you. It’s important that you have evidence to support the special damages you have incurred, as otherwise, it will be very difficult for you to receive special damages compensation.
The figures in the table above show the general damages that may be attributed to your ear injury. For more information or to receive a no-obligation assessment of how much ear damage compensation you could receive, why not speak with a member of our team today?
A No Win No Fee agreement, sometimes called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), is a contractual agreement between you and your personal injury lawyer. It outlines the conditions your solicitor has to meet before receiving payment.
It states that if they lose your claim, you don’t have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees. You also won’t be asked to make a payment upfront or while the claim is ongoing.
If your case is successful, your solicitor will deduct a small, legally capped percentage of your compensation. You will agree upon this with your lawyer beforehand.
Our team of advisers are happy to have a chat with you about No Win No Fee agreements. If your claim has a good chance of success, you could also be connected with a solicitor to represent you.
You can contact our team of advisers by:
- Ringing them on 0800 073 8801 to receive legal advice for free.
- Put your information into our online claims form to receive a reply at your nearest convenience.
- Chat with an adviser through our instant live chat pop-up box for an immediate response.
Earache – If you’ve been suffering from earache, this NHS guide includes medical information you should know.
Ear Infections – If you think you may be suffering from an ear infection, this NHS article explains the symptoms and treatment.
Hearing Loss – Are you experiencing hearing loss? If so, this NHS guide explains the signs, causes, treatment and prevention.
Clinical & Medical Negligence Claims– Have you suffered medical negligence? Our article explores how to make a clinical negligence claim.
A Guide To Work Accident Claims Time Limits – If you’ve suffered an accident at work, this guide explores the time limits to make a personal injury claim.
Claiming for a Broken Ankle – Our guide looks at the process of claiming for a fracture to your ankle.
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