Hearing Loss Claims2023-10-05T15:46:20+01:00

Hearing Loss Claims

Hearing Loss Claims

Have you suffered hearing damage because of your employer’s negligence? We’re one of the most experienced firms of hearing loss claims solicitors in Belfast. We’ve helped people across Northern Ireland and the UK with industrial hearing loss claims — and we’re ready to help you claim the compensation you deserve.

  • Experienced hearing loss solicitors pursuing thousands of claims every year
  • The UK’s most successful military hearing loss claim law firm
  • Free hearing test clinics in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • “Expertise in noise-induced hearing loss claims” — High Court judge
  • Free initial legal advice with no obligation to proceed

Occupational Deafness & Industrial Hearing Loss in Northern Ireland

Symptoms of Hearing Loss & Tinnitus

Causes of Industrial Hearing Loss in Northern Ireland

Working in a noisy environment is a major cause of industrial hearing loss. Northern Ireland is renowned for its heavy industry, shipbuilding and construction — all sectors in which a lot of loud noise is generated. It’s our experience that people working in these environments in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s — and in some cases right into the 2000s — were not given the ear protection they needed.

This has resulted in widespread industrial hearing loss in Northern Ireland among those working in a wide range of roles including:

If you worked in the public sector you might rightly have expected to be protected from dangerously loud environments. But we’ve successfully acted on behalf of RUC and PSNI officers suffering deafness and hearing problems from repeated exposure to weapons, helicopter flight and public order disputes, as well as Prison Service employees who were regularly exposed to loud weapons during training.

We’ve also claimed on behalf of NI Water employers, council workers and other public servants who — through no fault of their own — are living with hearing problems as a result of their working conditions.

Public Service Hearing Loss Claims we have settled:

  • PSNI / RUC
  • Prison Service
  • NI Water
  • District Council Workers
  • Ballylumford Power Station
If you worked in a transport or distribution role you may have been exposed to loud noises from engines or machinery. Working close to trains, buses and other vehicles over a prolonged period may have damaged your hearing.

We have successfully represented many employees of transport and distribution companies who suffered hearing loss because they were not given the correct protection for the environment in which they were working.

Transport Hearing Loss Claims we have settled:

  • NI Railways
  • Atlantic Steam Navigation
  • Atlantic Tanning Company
  • Michelin Tyres
  • Ford Motors
  • John Cleland & Son
Northern Ireland’s construction and manufacturing workplaces are unavoidably noisy. But the hearing damage that has been caused in them over the past decades was avoidable. That is why we are bringing new hearing loss claims against some of Northern Ireland’s biggest manufacturing employers weekly.

If you were employed in a role that involved riveting or similarly noisy activities and you weren’t given ear protectors, you’re likely to have sustained hearing damage as a result.

Construction Hearing Loss Claims we have settled:

  • Harland & Wolff
  • Bombardier
  • Short Brothers
  • FG Wilson
  • Brett Martin
  • Camden Frames
  • Walter Watson
  • Adria
  • Northern Ireland Plastics
  • Daewoo
  • Montupet
  • Standard Telephones & Cable Limited
  • Sanmina
  • Nortel Networks
  • Carreras Rothmans Limited
  • TK-ECC
  • Acheson & Glover
  • Apex Ceilings
  • William McLaughlin & Son
  • ICI Fibres
Engineering workplaces often have a lot of loud heavy machinery in them. Working in close proximity to that noise over a sustained period of time will irreparably damage your hearing.

If you worked in a noisy engineering firm and weren’t given suitable protection for your ears, you’re likely to have suffered hearing loss that wasn’t your fault. We can help you to make an industrial hearing loss claim.

Engineering Hearing Loss Claims we have settled:

  • Siemens
  • Stratton Engineering
  • AVX Limited
  • Brankin Engineering
  • Ulster Engineering
  • Langford Lodge Engineering
Northern Ireland’s bustling textile factories have created a lot of clothing and fabric over the years. But they also created a lot of noise and, if you worked in one of these noisy environments, you should have been given protection from the excessive noise.

If you didn’t get the protection you deserved, the repeated clattering of the textile machinery will probably have damaged your hearing and led to factory hearing loss. If so, you are entitled to claim compensation.

Factory Hearing Loss Claims we have settled:

  • Dainty Fit/ Courtaulds
  • Desmond & Sons
  • William Clark & Sons
  • James Mackie & Sons
  • British Enkalon
  • Doagh Spinning Co
  • International Net & Twine
  • Samson Yarns
  • Thomas Sinton & Co
  • Arkwrights
  • Peter England
  • Savile Row Shirt Company
  • Copeland Clothing
  • Amblers Mill Ballyclare
  • The Ulster Weaving Co.
Food processing and manufacturing is big business in Northern Ireland. When it’s being done on an industrial scale — as it is at many of our biggest food and beverage employers — there is industrial machinery involved. That machinery is often very loud.

If you’ve worked on a food production line or a similar workplace and been exposed to excessively loud noise without adequate protection you will be entitled to claim compensation for any hearing loss you sustained.

Hospitality Hearing Loss Claims we have settled:

  • Kerry Foods
  • Premier Foods
  • Gallagher/JTI (Tobacco manufacturer)
  • Moy Park
  • O’Kane Poultry
  • Diageo
  • L.E Pritchitt & Company

While the industries mentioned above are common places in which employees have sustained hearing loss in Northern Ireland, it is by no means an exhaustive list. If you worked in any other noisy environment and believe you’ve suffered hearing loss as a result of your employer’s negligence, please get in touch for advice on your claim.

Military Hearing Loss in Northern Ireland

Industrial Hearing Loss Claim Process

We’ve made our industrial hearing loss claim process as simple as possible to make it easier for you to get the compensation you deserve. Here’s what to expect:

Step 1: Contact Reid Black
Get in touch for a no-obligation consultation and free initial legal advice on your claim.

Step 2: Gathering Information
If you decide to start a claim, we will begin collecting evidence about the working conditions in which you suffered hearing damage.

Step 3: Medical Assessment
We will then arrange for you to see an independent medical professional who will assess your hearing loss and the likelihood of it getting worse in the future.

Step 4: Compensation Negotiations
Once we understand the full extent of your hearing loss, we will negotiate with your employer or former employer’s insurer to secure the maximum compensation you’re entitled to.

Step 5: Compensation Payout
We will continue to support you and ensure the money that’s rightfully yours reaches you in a timely manner.

Industrial Hearing Loss Claim Time Limits

Industrial Hearing Loss Compensation

Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus is an unwanted and totally avoidable disruption to your life. You are entitled to hearing loss compensation that reflects that.

The amount of hearing loss compensation you receive will depend on the severity of the damage you’ve suffered. The compensation amounts shown below are only estimates — we will arrange a medical assessment to give you a more accurate figure.

Total Hearing Loss Compensation Amounts:

  • Total deafness: £200,000 – £300,000
  • Total loss of hearing in one ear: £40,000 – £75,000

Partial Hearing Loss & Tinnitus Compensation Amounts:

  • Severe: £40,000 – £80,000
  • Moderate: £20,000 – £42,000
  • Mild or occasional: Up to £20,000

Why Choose Reid Black?

We are one of the leading firms of hearing loss solicitors. Our expertise in handling hearing loss claims has even been noted by a High Court judge, who commented:

“Reid Black Solicitors Limited who have specialised in the conduct of claims for compensation involving police, military and civilian noise exposure since 2006 and who have acted in excess of 5,000 claims advanced by plaintiffs.”

We will use our experience from those and many more hearing loss compensation claims to secure the payout you deserve.

Our Specialist Hearing Loss Claim Solicitors

Our Specialist Hearing Loss Claim Solicitors

David French
David French
  • We have acted in more successful military hearing loss claims than anyone else in the United Kingdom.
  • We take instructions for people throughout the UK if they have had at least one Northern Ireland tour after June 1987.
  • No obligation discussion for any former MOD personnel on any issue they wish to discuss with us.
  • You always get 100% of the compensation, we only seek our costs from the other side and take nothing from you.
Seamus Reid
Seamus Reid
  • Seamus is a leader in the field of personal injury claims and recognised as such by the Chambers Guide.
  • He assists for service personnel to make sure they are compensated for injuries in service.
  • He can arrange an ENT specialist to assess your hearing and discuss if you have a case to bring on a no obligation basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, by the time noise induced hearing loss becomes apparent the damage has usually already been done. You can avoid any further damage by using hearing protection; avoiding loud noise, noisy activities and noisy places; and turning down the volume of your TV, radio or music.
We will arrange for you to be assessed by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) consultant who will give independent medical advice on the severity of your hearing loss.
This will depend on the severity of your hearing loss and whether your claim is disputed by the negligent party. Cases are usually settled within 12 months but more complex claims might take longer.
The amount you can claim depends on the severity of your hearing loss. Payout figures range from less than £20,000 to £300,000. Please see the estimated figures above for a more detailed breakdown.
Yes, if your tinnitus was caused by exposure to loud noises in your workplace you can make a claim. Your medical assessment may show that you have sustained hearing loss that you have not yet noticed.
You may be able to make a hearing loss on behalf of a loved one if they have a disability that prevents them from making their own claim.

We’re Here To Take Care Of Your Industrial Hearing Loss Claim

Drawing on our vast experience of hearing loss compensation claims, we’ll secure the money you deserve as soon as possible. Let us handle everything for you — you just need to get in touch.

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