Ear injury compensation claims
The following guide covers everything you should know about making an ear injury compensation claim.
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 may be a consequence of aggressive contact, either through sports such as boxing, wrestling and rugby, or through assault. Direct blows to the ear cause blood clots to form under the skin, or the ear's skin to be stripped from the cartilage, creating the condition known as "cauliflower ear".
The outer ear may also be damaged through thermal injuries such as burns or frostbite.
When negligence occurs in cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty), a patient may be left with scarring and blood clots to the outer ear, or an asymmetric appearance to the ears.
Middle and inner ear damage
Middle and inner ear damage may be caused by traumas sustained through sporting activity, work or road traffic accidents.
When a person sustains a blow to the side of the head, air pressure inside the ear canal may increase causing the eardrum to rupture (perforate) or the ossicles (tiny bones that transmit sound) to be disrupted. Excessively loud or repetitive noise may also have the same effect.
Dramatic changes in atmospheric pressure - for instance when diving into deep water, or sky-diving - cause the Eustachian tubes to compress, preventing air from entering the middle ear to compensate for the pressure change. This may cause the eardrum to perforate.
Maintaining negative pressure within the middle ear for a prolonged period may cause fluid to be drawn into the ear.
Foreign objects are also a source of middle/inner ear damage. As well as implements inserted into the ear canal, cold water, spray and wind gushing in and out of the ear may bring about a chronic condition known as "surfer's ear". Hearing loss is sustained when tiny bone growths occur within the ear canal.
Damage to the middle/inner ear typically results in permanent or temporary hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). In severe cases there may also be loss of speech. A claimant may also experience dizziness, clumsiness or difficulty with balance. Headaches, nausea and fatigue may also be symptomatic of problems with the middle/inner ear.
Hearing loss and damage can have a serious impact on a person's life, leaving them unable to work again or needing long-term medical treatment.
If the damage is a result of an accident, a sudden unexpected loud noise, exposure to constant loud noise, or otoplasty (ear surgery) negligence, it may be possible to claim compensation.
By examination and assessment a claimant's GP may determine the extent of the damage, its potential cause and any likely longer term effects. These factors are taken into account when calculating compensation amounts for ear injuries.
Where outer ear damage is the result of cosmetic surgery negligence the cost of further treatment and corrective surgery may be claimed.
In addition, where the disfigurement resulting from outer ear damage has a negative impact on the claimant - such as low self-esteem, loss of confidence and anxiety disorders - a claim may be brought for psychological injuries.
A no win no fee agreement (more correctly known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA) is agreed between the claimant and a PI lawyer.
The Conditional Fee Agreement is in essence the terms and conditions under which the solicitor represents the claimant.
It sets out what the lawyers will do as well as how he is paid if your case is won.
If you choose Quittance for your ear injury compensation claim there are absolutely no hidden or extra costs , no up-front fees and the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.
Accidents at work - Claiming compensation from your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim ear injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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