24th November 2017 | Company

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Statements

Did you know that Solicitor Assist has a specialised team of Noise-induced hearing loss statement takers?

What is noise-induced hearing loss?

Sounds can be harmful when they are too loud, whether a one-time exposure to an intense sound such an explosion, or by continuous exposure over an extended period such as noise generated on a factory floor. These sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

NIHL can be immediate, or it can take a long time to be noticeable. It can be temporary or permanent, and it can affect one ear or both ears. Even if you can’t tell that you are damaging your hearing, you could have trouble hearing in the future, such as not being able to understand other people when they talk, especially on the phone or in a noisy environment.

Prolonged or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. An example of 85 decibels is the sound produced by heavy city traffic. Common to the labourer, a hand drill is 100 decibels, a siren is 120 decibels and a gunshot around 150 decibels. The louder the sound, the shorter the amount of exposure time it takes for NIHL to occur.

Many people who have worked in noisy environments such as steelworks, without hearing protection now suffer from noise-induced hearing loss. We see a variety of industries where clients have been exposed to loud sounds, such as car manufacturing, mining, mills and farming.

Why do we need a specialist team of statement takers for this type of claim?

A noise-induced hearing loss statement is more involved than other types of statements, meaning our agents have to delve deep, using specific interview techniques for the level of detail required. Statements are often used to calculate a level of exposure and to determine whether a defendant is in breach. It is therefore essential to structure clear and concise points for a calculation of overall exposure to be made.

For each defendant, our agents must establish how many job roles a client held. The agent will then investigate the daily tasks for each role, in chronological order, paying particular attention to the client’s distance from each source of sound, and the length of their exposure.

Are you interested in joining our specialist team?

Solicitor Assist seeks specific profile when recruiting agents which includes an investigative background. Retired police officers generally fit this profile well due to their specific set of skills which run parallel to the services that we offer, including, cognitive interview techniques and report writing. When joining our specialist NIHL team, you will receive specific training tailored in conjunction with one of the UK’s leading law firms.

If you hare an agent or solicitor and have any questions about our NIHL services, please get in touch today.

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