Hearing loss claim

Hearing loss claim

For getting your life back on track

Losing your hearing can be a life-altering experience that affects not only you but also your loved ones. At Switalskis, we understand that working through the legal landscape for compensation for hearing loss can be overwhelming. That's why we're here to guide you every step of the way.

We'll break down the complicated details into simple, understandable terms, so you can focus on what really matters - improving your quality of life. If you lost your hearing in circumstances that were caused by someone else then claiming compensation can not only help you to recover any money you spent or lost as a result, but it can also hold the person responsible to account and help to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.

If your hearing loss was caused by something that wasn’t your fault, contact our expert solicitors today to find out if you can make a claim for compensation. Call us today on 0800 138 0458 or get in touch through the website .

To get started, give us a call today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

How Switalskis can help

From the moment you reach out to us, we'll offer you a clear roadmap for your hearing loss claim. Your initial consultation will be a no-obligation discussion to understand your specific situation and will allow us to advise you on the best course of action.

We handle all the paperwork, so you don't have to worry about it. Our team makes sure that every form is filled out correctly and submitted appropriately, taking that burden off your shoulders. That way, you can focus on adjusting to your new situation while we carry the responsibility for moving your claim forward.

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Types of hearing loss claims

Hearing loss can happen in various settings and for different reasons. Knowing the type of claim you want to make is the first step in seeking compensation and will help to determine whether you are eligible. Here's a breakdown of the common types of hearing loss claims:

Industrial hearing loss claim

If you've experienced hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises in an industrial setting, such as a factory or construction site, you may be eligible for an industrial hearing loss claim. These claims often arise when employers fail to provide adequate hearing protection or control noise levels, and cause workers to be exposed to dangerous levels of noise.

Military hearing loss compensation

Members of the armed forces are often exposed to loud noises, from firearms to explosions. This can also extend to training exercises, not just active combat situations. If you've suffered hearing loss during your military service, you may be entitled to armed forces hearing loss compensation.

Occupational hearing loss

Beyond industrial settings, other jobs like music, aviation and even teaching in noisy environments can lead to hearing loss. If your job has contributed to your hearing loss, you may have a valid claim.

Recreational hearing loss

Loud concerts, sporting events or even loud music through headphones can lead to hearing loss. While these claims are less common, you may still be eligible for compensation if the event organisers failed to provide adequate warnings or hearing protection.

Understanding the type of hearing loss claim you can make is vital for your compensation journey. At Switalskis, we can help you identify the right type of claim and guide you through the legal process to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

What is the process for making a hearing loss claim?

If you're considering making a hearing loss claim, you might be wondering where to start. The process can seem daunting, but don't worry, we're here to guide you through it. Here's a step-by-step breakdown:

Step 1: Initial consultation

The first step is to get in touch with us for a no-obligation consultation. We'll discuss your situation, assess the viability of your claim, and outline the next steps.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

The next step is collecting evidence. This could include medical records, expert opinions, and even statements from people who can comment on the impact the hearing loss has had on your life.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

After gathering all the necessary evidence, we'll help you submit your claim. We'll make sure every 'i' is dotted and every 't' is crossed so your claim can be processed and that all deadlines are met.

Step 4: Negotiation

Once the claim is submitted, the other party will respond to confirm if they accept or dispute liability. This usually begins a process of negotiation. We'll handle all discussions on your behalf, and push to get you the compensation you deserve without the need for court proceedings.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

If a settlement can't be reached, the next step is to take your claim to court. We'll prepare you for what to expect and represent you throughout the process.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

Once the court has made a decision or a settlement is reached, you'll receive your compensation. We'll guide you through the payment process, making sure you understand how and when you'll receive your funds.

How long does it take to make a claim?

The duration of a hearing loss claim can vary widely depending on several factors. While we'd love to give you a definite timeline, it's not that straightforward, as there are a number of considerations that can affect how long the process takes. These include:

  • Complexity of the case: some cases are straightforward, with clear evidence and parties who are cooperative and won’t slow down the process. Other cases might involve complex medical histories or require extensive expert evidence and input, which can extend the timeline.
  • Willingness to settle: if the other party is willing to negotiate and reach a settlement, the process can be relatively quick. However, if negotiations stall or if the case goes to court, it can take considerably longer.
  • Legal procedures: there are mandatory legal steps that must be followed, and these take time. For example, gathering evidence, submitting forms and waiting for court dates can all cause the case to take more time.

While it's difficult to give an exact timeframe, rest assured that the team at Switalskis will do as much as possible to expedite the process without compromising the quality of your claim.

What evidence do I need for my hearing loss claim?

Gathering the right evidence is important for a successful hearing loss claim. Here's what you'll generally need:

  • Medical records: your medical records serve as the foundation of your claim. They should include diagnoses, treatments and any tests or scans that have been performed.
  • Audiological tests: specific tests that measure your hearing ability can provide strong evidence. These tests should be conducted by certified audiologists to make sure they’re valid.
  • Expert opinions: in some cases, we may consult with specialists to provide expert opinions on your condition. These experts may be able to offer insights into the cause of your hearing loss and can evaluate its impact on your life.
  • Witness statements: if there are people who can talk about the issues that caused your hearing loss or the changes in your life due to hearing loss, their statements can be valuable. These could be family members, friends or even co-workers.
  • Financial documents: if you've experienced additional expenses or lost income due to your condition, keep records. This could include medical bills, travel expenses to and from appointments.
  • Photos or videos: in some instances, visual evidence can be helpful. For example, if your hearing loss was due to a work-related incident, photos of the place where the accident happened could be useful.
  • Incident reports: if your hearing loss was due to a specific event, like an accident or incident of exposure to harmful substances, any incident reports that reference the situation can strengthen your claim.

At Switalskis, we'll guide you through the evidence-gathering process to make sure your claim is as strong as possible. We understand that this can be overwhelming, but you won't have to do it alone.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

Our hearing loss claim specialists

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Mark HollinghurstDirector and Solicitor
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Gillian WardSenior Associate Legal Executive
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Diane ParkerDirector and Solicitor
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Louise MoorePortal Co-ordinator
Alex EdwardsSolicitor
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Why Switalskis?

Navigating the legal landscape of a hearing loss claim can be overwhelming. That's why it's important to choose a legal team that not only understands the law but also understands you. Here's why Switalskis is the right choice:

Clarity in complexity

The legal process can be complicated, filled with jargon that might seem like a different language and procedures that are difficult to understand. At Switalskis, we break down these complexities into simple, understandable terms. We guide you through every step, making sure you're never left in the dark and that you always know the progress we’ve made.

Empathy at every step

We understand that hearing loss is more than just a medical condition; it's a life-changing experience. That's why we approach every case with empathy and understanding. We will acknowledge your concerns, understand your needs, and tailor our services to offer you the most compassionate support possible.

Expertise you can trust

Our team has a proven track record of successfully handling compensation claims for hearing loss. You can trust us to provide you with the expert advice and representation you need.

Championing your rights

From gathering robust evidence to representing you in negotiations or court, we're committed to fighting for the best possible outcome for you.

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Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you have lost your hearing due to an incident that wasn’t your fault, contact Switalskis today to discuss making a claim for compensation. To speak to a member of the team, call us today on 0800 138 0458 or get in touch with us through the website.

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