How Much Compensation For Tinnitus?
If you are suffering from tinnitus and someone else is to blame then you have the right to pursue compensation. When you are considering making a claim it is normal to want to know how much you will receive.
Calculating your Tinnitus claim
Tinnitus claims can range in value from £5,980 to £38,850. Because every case is unique, calculating exactly how much you will receive is not an exact science. However, your solicitor will be able to make an estimate based on the following:
- The amount you have spent on medical treatment, such as private nursing care or disability aids
- The length of time it has taken you to recover
- Any loss of earnings as a result of your injury or suffering
- How the tinnitus has affected your life in the long-term
The below figures will give you a broad indication of how much compensation for hearing loss/tinnitus you may receive. The amount you could receive will depend on the severity of your hearing loss and your long-term prognosis.
These figures relate to compensation for injury only. They do not include sums for financial losses such as loss of earnings that may result. These can be claimed in addition to the sums set out below.
LEVEL OF HEARING LOSS
|Partial hearing loss with tinnitus||£5,980 – £38,850|
|Total deafness and a loss of speech||£96,540 – £120,040|
|Total deafness||£77,430 – £93,540|
|Hearing loss in one ear||£26,710 – £38,850|
Tinnitus can often occur alongside other hearing related problems such as deafness, vertigo, sleep disturbances and nausea. Sufferers can live with any number of these symptoms on a daily basis. When calculating the value of your claim, a solicitor will bear these factors in mind and consider the effect your condition has on your everyday life.
Loss of earnings
Your loss of earnings covers future losses as well as any you have lost in the past. If you are now unable to work in your previous job, you could be looking at a large compensation amount. Having tinnitus can mean that you have severely psychologically affected too. Receiving treatment from psychiatrists, cognitive behavioural therapists is not unheard of. A successful compensation claim will also cover the cost of this treatment.ELIGIBILITY CHECKER
Employer’s duty of care
The constant ringing or buzzing sound in the ear/s which indicates tinnitus can range from mild to severe in terms of noise level. Sometimes, the condition is referred to as ‘noise-induced hearing loss’ or ‘industrial deafness’. Tinnitus is often brought on by loud and persistently noisy working environments.
Sometimes, your employer can fail to protect you by not carrying out health and safety procedures or supplying you with ear protection. If this is the case, your employer has not carried out its legal duty of care. You could be entitled to make a claim for any losses you have experienced.ELIGIBILITY CHECKER
HOW DOES THE CLAIMS PROCESS WORK?
At Jefferies Solicitors, once we have carried out an initial consultation, we will take care of the paperwork required to get your case underway.
A letter will be sent to you following an initial consultation with your solicitor. This will be a summary of the meeting you had and will confirm that they are happy to take on your case. It will highlight who will be your contact and estimate how long the process will take. The letter will also detail how you will be funding the case and an estimate of costs. If you need to provide any further information this will also be included.
A letter will then be sent to the defendant, providing details of the accident. The defendant has a fixed period in which they can reply and in their reply, they must state whether or not they are denying or accepting liability for your injuries. If they do accept liability, your solicitor will endeavour to settle the case out of court.
Specialists in tinnitus claims
Jefferies Solicitors are specialists in dealing with all kinds of personal injury claims, including tinnitus compensation claims. Our experienced team are ready to help you. From your initial enquiry through to settlement, we will work very hard to ensure that you claim the amount of compensation you are entitled to.
We understand that tinnitus can be very debilitating and can affect every aspect of your life. If you have developed the condition through no fault of your own, compensation can give you some financial relief and peace of mind. Please fill in one of our online forms or call us on 0800 342 3206 and one of our team will endeavour to advise you in an informal, yet confidential manner.
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