Tinnitus Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by tinnitus, we can help.

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

Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor

You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.

We can help you make a personal injury compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

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According to the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), tinnitus affects around 10% of adults in the UK.

Symptoms of tinnitus, such as constant ringing, buzzing or humming, can be debilitating, affecting every aspect of your life and ability to work.

If another party's actions or negligence caused your tinnitus, you may be able to claim compensation.

Do I need to prove what caused my tinnitus?

Tinnitus is often linked to hearing loss. Causes of tinnitus include ear infections, diabetes and head and neck injuries. More commonly the condition is connected to lengthy exposure to loud noise.

Tinnitus can also be caused by acoustic shock.

If your exposure was caused by an employer's negligence, you may be able to make an industrial disease claim or work accident claim to recover compensation to support your treatment and recovery.

How do I claim compensation for tinnitus?

If you believe your tinnitus was caused by your employment, or by another party that owed you a duty of care, you should discuss your situation with a solicitor.

Your solicitor will confirm whether you could have a claim, and what the likely next steps are.

How does medical evidence help my tinnitus claim?

Getting an independent diagnosis of tinnitus confirmed by a medical professional, such as an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, is a key step.

The ENT specialist will take note of any additional symptoms, such as sleep deprivation and stress, which have resulted from the condition when compiling their report, following an examination. You can also claim compensation for these other symptoms.

Your solicitor can arrange the medical assessment on your behalf.

If you have already identified the cause, for example, your tinnitus was caused by working in a noisy work environment, such as a factory, construction site or nightclub, this may need to be confirmed by evidence such as witness statements.

What other evidence do I need to make a tinnitus claim?

The medical report will confirm the tinnitus diagnosis and the probable cause of your injury. Other evidence used to support tinnitus claims includes:

  • Evidence of employment.
  • Company health and safety records.
  • Details of witnesses who can give evidence to support the claim.

Your solicitor will work with you to collect all the evidence needed to support your claim.

Who is liable in a tinnitus claim?

For tinnitus claims linked to workplace noise exposure, the employer would be held liable. This is because all employers have a legal ‘duty of care' to protect their employees from avoidable harm - including excessive noise.

An employer's ‘duty of care' is guided by a range of relevant legislation. This includes the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. However, when it comes to tinnitus claims, the primary piece of legislation used is The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.

Overseen by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) these regulations require employers to do the following in order to protect employees from loud noises:

  • Carry out a full risk assessment of the noise levels in the workplace and who is affected
  • Implement and maintain a thorough set of safety measures and controls to ensure that noise is minimised to below legal levels (between 80 and 85 decibels), for example through using quieter machinery, adopting new processes, using absorbent barriers and providing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as earplugs
  • Train and instruct staff on the risks of noise in the workplace, including hearing loss and tinnitus, and on how to follow safety measures and use PPE correctly
  • Provide regular health surveillance to monitor employees' hearing ability

If an employer failed to follow any of these procedures, and an employee suffers tinnitus or another hearing impairment as a result, the employer would likely be negligent, and therefore liable for your tinnitus injury.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.

Less than 5% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.

Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

No win, no fee, no risk

No win, no fee takes all of the risk out of making an injury claim. If you don't win any compensation, you won't have to pay your solicitor any legal fees.

No win, no fee guarantee

Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is no financial risk in making an injury claim - even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

If your injury claim is not successful then you won't have to pay your solicitor any fees. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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Injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Claiming on behalf of another person.

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

Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make an injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for an injury after 3 years?

Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.

However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.

If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.

There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

I need the money now - what are my options?

If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.

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How to I get an interim compensation payment?