If an ear injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Ear injuries, ranging from hearing loss to cosmetic damage, can profoundly impact your quality of life and ability to communicate. If you've suffered an ear injury due to an workplace exposure, medical negligence, or in an accident, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

You are not alone

In 2022/23, the HSE recorded 11,000 workers with work-related hearing problems and 85 cases of occupational deafness (hse.gov.uk).

If you need information on ear pain symptoms and treatment, visit: earache (nhs.uk).

Am I entitled to make an ear injury claim?

If you've been injured or diagnosed with an illness in the last three years and it wasn't your fault, you will be able to claim compensation.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

What if the accident was partly my fault?

Attributing blame for an accident isn't always clear-cut.

In our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, we found that 13.99% of respondents felt they had at least some responsibility for the injuries they sustained.

Claiming compensation is still an option even if you were partly at fault. These contributory negligence cases are typically resolved with a split-liability agreement.

Read more:

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to make an ear injury claim?

An injury claim will usually need to be made within 3 years of the date or your accident or injury.

For injured children, a claim can be started by a parent or guardian at any time before they turn 18. Thereafter, the injured individual has until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own.

How much compensation can I claim for an ear injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Ear injury compensation calculator

Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

Updated June 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred because of your accident. In addition to paying for loss of earnings (including future anticipated earnings loss), retraining costs, career trajectory impact, special damages can cover any care costs and medical procedures you need, such as pain medication, cleaning the wound, antibiotics and surgical repair.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average ear injury general damages compensation

The following ear injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Hearing loss
Minor deafness or tinnitus Up to £6,370
Moderate deafness or tinnitus £11,450 to £13,550
Total loss in one ear £28,460 to £41,400
Serious deafness or tinnitus £13,550 to £27,010
Severe deafness or tinnitus £27,010 to £41,400
Total deafness £82,500 to £99,680

Can I claim compensation for a psychological injury?

Psychiatric harm is less obvious than physical injury, but the consequences can be just as difficult to deal with.

According to our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey shows that 29.03% of potential claimants sustained a psychological injury, 70.97% of which related to a physical injury.

Ear injuries can cause concerns social anxiety (social phobia) about hearing loss and the possible impact on social interactions and communication.

A specialist solicitor will consider psychological harm when calculating your compensation. Psychiatric injuries are recognised in the official guidelines for compensation, and the cost of treatment and other mental health support should be included in your compensation award or settlement.

Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.

Types of ear injury

Ear injuries may be broadly categorised into visible damage to the outside of the ear and damage to the inside of the ear - the middle and inner ear.

Outer ear damage

Outer ear damage can result from physical contact in sports like boxing, wrestling, and rugby, or from assault, leading to conditions like "cauliflower ear" due to blood clots or skin separation from the cartilage.

It can also occur from thermal injuries, including burns or frostbite. Additionally, negligence in cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) can cause scarring, blood clots, or asymmetry of the ears.

Middle and inner ear damage

Middle and inner ear damage can occur from traumas in sports, work, or road accidents. Blows to the head can increase ear canal pressure, leading to eardrum rupture or disruption of the ossicles, the tiny bones that transmit sound.

Similarly, loud or repetitive noise can cause these injuries. Extreme atmospheric pressure changes, like in diving or skydiving, can compress the eustachian tubes, possibly rupturing the eardrum.

Prolonged negative pressure in the middle ear might draw fluid into the ear. Additionally, foreign objects, including implements or elements like cold water and wind, can cause conditions such as 'surfer's ear', where bone growths in the ear canal lead to hearing loss.

If you need information on hearing loss symptoms and treatment, see: Hearing loss (nhs.uk).

See also:

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) compensation claim

What happened?

The claims process for an ear injury will depend on where and how the accident happened. Click the icons below for more information:

No win, no fee ear injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim ear injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

Get expert advice now

Interested in talking to an injury specialist about your claim?

  • Calls are FREE
  • Confidential consultation
  • No obligation to claim

Call 0800 376 1001

We are open until 9pm this evening.

or arrange a callback

Citations

Source: (reviewed: 11/12/2023)

Source: (reviewed: 09/12/2023)

Source: (reviewed: 08/12/2023)

Chris Salmon, Director

Author:
Chris Salmon, Director