Worker wins compensation for hearing loss after exposure to excessive noise thirty years earlier

We recovered damages on behalf of a former iron foundry worker who developed noise-induced hearing loss as a result of his exposure to excessive noise three decades previously.

The case centred on the failure of his then employers to provide adequate hearing protection.

The case proved quite complex in that the company that had inherited all assets and liabilities from the original employer had subsequently been dissolved and struck off the company’s register. An application had to be made to the High Court to restore the company, and the company’s insurers were traced through the Association of British Insurers on our client’s behalf.

Expert evidence had to be secured from a consultant engineer and a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon. The defendant also called evidence from their own ear, nose and throat consultant.

The case eventually settled shortly before it was due to go to trial following protracted litigation. Compensation was paid to the claimant from each of the defendants.

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