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.
Claim For Ear Damage And Injuries
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- A Guide To Ear Injury And Damage Compensation Claims
- What Is Ear Damage Compensation?
- How Many People Are Affected By Work-related Hearing Loss?
- Types Of Ear Injuries
- Causes Of Ear Damage
- Signs Of Ear Damage
- Treating An Ear Injury
- Calculating Ear Damage Compensation Claims
- Examples Of Special Damages You May Be Eligible To Claim
- No Win No Fee Claims For Ear Damage Compensation
- Why Choose Us Accident Claims UK?
- Start Your Claim
- Essential References
- FAQs On Ear Injury Claims
Firstly, we will explore what ear damage is and look at statistics that relate to how many people are affected by work-related hearing loss. We’ve also included sections about the types of ear injuries you could experience and the causes of ear damage.
Next, we will discuss how to treat an ear injury. Moreover, we’ve included a compensation table looking at how much compensation some injuries may be valued. We’ll also look at some examples of what your compensation could cover.
Additionally, we will explain what No Win No Fee agreements are and discuss how one could help you fund legal representation to make your claim. There’ll also be a section looking at how you can find a lawyer to work on your case.
Finally, there’ll be some further guides and FAQs to ensure you leave this guide with as much information and guidance as possible about ear damage compensation claims.
You could claim ear damage compensation if you have suffered ear damage as the result of someone else’s negligence. In order to claim compensation, the negligent party must have owed you a duty of care.
The ear enables us to hear and stay balanced, so an ear injury can significantly impact your daily life. The external ear includes the auricle (the outer part of the ear) and the external auditory tube or canal (these connect the outer ear to the middle and inner ear).
The tympanic membrane (eardrum) separates the middle ear from the external ear. The middle ear consists of ossicles, which are three bones that carry sound waves to the inner ear. These bones are called the malleus, incus and stapes. The part of the ear that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose is called the eustachian tube.
The inner ear has three parts. These are the cochlea (containing the hearing nerves), the vestibule (holds the balance receptors) and the semicircular canals (also contains the balance receptors).
If any of these parts of the ear are damaged, it could impact your quality of life and the things you are able to do. For instance, it could cause vertigo, which is where you feel like everything around you is spinning.
If you’d like more information on how we could help you claim compensation for ear injuries, get in touch with our team today. We could offer you free legal advice and, if your claim has a good chance of success, could connect you with a personal injury solicitor.
The below table includes statistics taken from the Health and Safety Executive showing the number of cases of occupational deafness from 2010 to 19. As you can see, the number of new cases has been decreasing overall since 2010. However, in 2019 there were 45 more new reported than in the previous year.
You could sustain ear injuries in a number of different settings. For instance, you could sustain an ear injury in a road traffic accident, as the result of an accident at work or because of an accident in public. Here are some types of ear injuries that you could sustain to the inner ear, middle ear and outer ear:
Injuries to the inner ear
A blow to the side of the head can increase pressure in the ear canal. This can result in the eardrum rupturing or the disruption of the ossicles ( these are the bones responsible for transmitting sound). Similarly, repetitive loud noises can cause the same issue.
Injuries to the middle ear
Pressurising the middle ear for a prolonged period of time can cause fluid to build up in the middle ear. Foreign objects can also affect the middle ear. Water, wind and spray can also cause a condition to arise known as ‘surfer’s ear’.
Injuries to the outer ear
Aggressive impact to the side of the head can cause outer ear damage, such as sporting injuries or assault. For example, a condition called ‘cauliflower ear’ can be caused by blows to the ear, causing blood clots under the skin or cartilage to disappear from the ear’s skin.
In order to claim compensation for the harm caused to you by an inner ear injury, you need to show that the incident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Here are some examples of causes of ear damage that could entitle you to claim compensation:
- Accident at work – Excessively loud repetitive noise at work could cause an ear injury. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that employers have a duty of care to safeguard and protect employees. This means they must minimise risks and hazards as much as reasonably possible to prevent workplace injuries. For example, workers should be offered ear protection if the environment is noisy enough to warrant this.
- Road traffic accidents – A road traffic accident could result in an ear injury if someone crashed into the side of the car resulting in a blow to the side of your head. The Highway Code outlines the rules of the road that all road users must follow. If another driver was negligent and you suffered ear damage because of the resulting car accident, you may be entitled to ear damage compensation.
- Accidents in public- The person in control of a public space has a responsibility towards members of the public to reduce the risk of injury. If they fail to do this, you could claim compensation. For example, if you were in a shop and a shelving unit that was unsecured fell and hit you on the head, this could cause ear injury or damage to your hearing.
You can chat with our team of advisers today to discuss making a personal injury claim. If your claim is legitimate, they can connect you to an expert personal injury lawyer from our panel to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you.
The symptoms associated with ear injuries will vary depending on the kind of ear injury you have sustained. For example, if you’re suffering from “cauliflower ear”, then this could cause you to exhibit different symptoms than if you have experienced a perforated eardrum.
Having said that, here are some common symptoms of ear damage:
- Issues with balance
- Moderate or severe ear pain
- Ringing or buzzing sounds in the ear (tinnitus)
- Bleeding from the ear
- Hearing loss
- High temperature
- Pus coming out of the ear
If you experience these symptoms and suspect you may be suffering from an ear injury, it’s recommended you seek medical attention as soon as you can. The sooner you receive a diagnosis and start treatment, the quicker and smoother your recovery is likely to be.
Our team of advisers are always available. They’d be happy to chat with you about your situation. They could also connect you to a personal injury solicitor if you have a valid claim for ear injury compensation.
If the auditory nerve and cilia have been damaged, they can’t be repaired. This kind of damage can be treated with cochlear implants or hearing aids; however, in some circumstances, it’s possible that your hearing may not return to normal.
A cochlear implant travels through the damaged part of the ear to stimulate the auditory nerve. For example, even people who have experienced severe hearing loss are sometimes able to recover hearing partially.
Other treatments may be used if there’s a blockage. For example:
- Abnormal growths
- Too much wax
- Foreign objects
A doctor can sometimes remove foreign objects from the ear. Furthermore, antibiotics can be used to treat infections.
Conductive hearing loss is where the movement of sound through the ear is blocked. This could be caused by:
- Bone thickening around the ear canal (exostoses)
- The middle ear bones separating (ossicular chain discontinuity)
- Bones growing abnormally in the middle ear (otosclerosis)
- An abnormally narrow ear canal (stenosis)
Some treatments that you could be offered include:
- Traditional hearing aids
- Implants in the middle ar
- Bone-conduction hearing aids
Our team of advisers are available 24/7 to offer free legal advice about making a claim for ear damage. They can have a chat with you about your injury and see whether you may be able to make a claim.
If your claim is legitimate, they can connect you with a personal injury lawyer who can discuss making an ear damage compensation claim.
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.
|Deafness/Tinnitus||Where deafness occurs at a young age and impacts the way normal speech develops.||£102,890 to £132,040|
|Deafness/Tinnitus||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.||£85,170 to £102,890|
|Deafness/Tinnitus||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.||£29,380 to £42,730|
|A partial loss of hearing or/and tinnitus.||(i) Severe tinnitus and NIHL.||£27,890 to £42,730|
|A partial loss of hearing or/and tinnitus.||(ii) Moderate tinnitus and NIHL or moderate to severe tinnitus or NIHL experienced in isolation.||£13,970 to £27,890|
|A partial loss of hearing or/and tinnitus.||(ii) Mild tinnitus with some NIHL.||£11,820 to £13,970|
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.
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?
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.
Below, we have included some examples of what special damages can compensate for:
- Loss of earnings – If you had to take time off work as your injuries healed, you might have suffered a loss of earnings. For example, you could illustrate this by showing payslips.
- Care costs – Did you have to hire a carer whilst you recovered from your injuries? A carer can help with looking after you physically, as well as carrying out tasks around the house that you’re not able to do yourself. You could show invoices to outline how much you paid for the carer.
- Prescription medication or treatment- You may have paid out of pocket for prescription medication to treat your injuries, as well as the cost of treatment that you could not get on the NHS.
- Travel costs – Did you pay your own money to travel to and from medication appointments? If so, you could claim these costs back. An example of evidence you could gather to prove this is receipts for parking and fuel.
If you’d like to discuss special earnings in more detail, our team of advisers would be happy to help. You can contact them today to receive legal advice for free. If you have a valid claim, they can connect you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you.
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.
Why Choose Us Accident Claims UK?
It’s important that you work with a personal injury solicitor who’s experienced, compassionate and empathetic. Many people only look locally for a lawyer; however, this might not be the best route for you to take.
Our personal injury solicitors offer a nationwide service and can help claimants all across the country. They are experts in handling personal injury claims and can also help you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Our friendly team of advisers are available 24 hours a day to offer free legal advice about your case. Furthermore, an adviser will be happy to have a chat with you about your situation and assess how much ear damage compensation you may be entitled to.
You’re under no obligation to continue with our services after speaking with an adviser. However, if you’d like, an adviser can connect you with a personal injury solicitor if you have a legitimate claim.
You can contact our team of advisers by:
- Ringing them on 0800 073 8801 to receive legal advice for free.
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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.
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Could I claim for child ear injuries?
If someone’s injured while under 18, the three-year time limit begins on their 18th birthday. Alternatively, someone could become a litigation friend to make a claim on your child’s behalf sooner than this.
Can I claim if an existing injury was made worse?
You may be able to make a claim if an existing injury worsens due to negligence. You can get in touch with our team of advisers to discuss this further.
Is there an average amount of compensation?
There is no average amount of compensation. This is because each claim is assessed based on individual circumstances.
What do I pay if I win my claim?
If your No Win No Fee claim succeeds, your lawyer’s fees and a small, legally capped percentage will be deducted from your compensation. This is known as a “success fee”.
What do I pay if I lose my claim?
If you have used a solicitor under No Win No Fee terms you would not have to pay your solicitor’s fees if the claim is unsuccessful.
Thank you for reading our guide about ear damage compensation.
Guide by SN
Edited by FS