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Noise induced hearing loss

The Civil Justice Council has been asked by the Government to investigate the cost of claims for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

NIHL is a permanent hearing impairment triggered by prolonged exposure to high levels of noise, caused by loud sounds that result in the over-stimulation of the hearing cells, which can lead to cell death.

There are two types of hearing loss; intense noise incident, or gradually over time due to prolonged exposure to noise. One in 10 of us has a hearing loss that affects our ability to understand normal speech. Excessive noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss.

 

The Association of British Insurers said that there has been a clear rise in NIHL claims, describing deafness claims as the new whiplash claim.

 

Why is the Government involved?

The Government believes that the investigation will build on recent civil justice reforms. It has been designed to control costs and discourage needless lawsuits and bring access to justice for each worthy case.

The Association of British Insurers said that there has been a clear rise in NIHL claims, describing deafness claims as the new whiplash claim.

Recent figures suggest that there have been 200,000 industrial deafness claims since 2012. These figures also show that claimant lawyers have received, on average, three times as much in legal fees as their successful claimants secure in compensation.

Here at Collect a Case we understand this frustration and we work with highly reputable companies who continue to provide clear and honest cases. We expect and trust that the cases we are dealing with convey precise and authentic information.

Noise induced hearing loss was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by simon.proudfoot

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