If your work has given you tinnitus, the first thing you should know is that you can make a claim for tinnitus. Your claim will be against your employer and if you are still employed by them, this will not affect your ability to make a claim.
Tinnitus claim eligibility
To be eligible for compensation, first of all the date your injuries became clear must be no more than three years ago. This is known as your Date of Limitation or your Date of Knowledge. Usually, this date can be ascertained by reviewing your medical records, as it is likely that you mentioned symptoms of tinnitus to your GP at some point. If your records do not show any mention of tinnitus, then the date used will be the date you seek legal advice.
After three years, your tinnitus claim will be statute barred or time-barred. If your Date of Limitation is less than three years ago, then will definitely eligible to make a claim for financial compensation and you should seek specialist legal advice immediately.
What is tinnitus and how is it diagnosed?
Tinnitus is an illness where the patient hears sounds from inside their own body rather than from an outside source. It is usually described as a ringing in the ears, a buzzing or humming sound and some people describe the sound akin to listening to music.
Tinnitus can be a continuous and distressing illness that affects your concentration. It can also cause insomnia and depression. Diagnosing tinnitus is notoriously difficult, because this is an illness where you hear sounds that come from inside your body. As a result, diagnosis is usually based on the description of the patient. Treatment usually includes sound therapy, counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and tinnitus retaining therapy.
Do I have a claim?
A solicitor will be able to investigate your claims in detail and advise you on whether or not pursuing a tinnitus claim is worthwhile, based on your individual circumstances.
Your solicitor will also be able to coordinate the medical care you need to deal with your illness, whether it be cognitive behavioural therapy and tinnitus retaining therapy. Most tinnitus claims are processed within just 6-8 weeks, however your claim may take longer if your employer’s insurance wants to investigate the claim further. If this is the case, your solicitor should communicate with you so that you know what is happening at all times.
Your solicitor will seek ascertain the cause of your tinnitus and if your illness can be linked to your work, then you will have a very strong case for financial compensation.
Lastly, making a claim will not affect your employment status. It is illegal for an employer to sack or otherwise punish an employee for making a personal injury claim.