In this guide, we will provide information on making a personal injury claim to receive compensation for ear damage. There are various ways you may have sustained an ear injury such as in an accident at work, a road traffic accident or an accident in a public place. However, in order to seek compensation, you must be able to prove someone acted negligently.
This guide will help you understand whether you’re eligible to pursue a claim by providing examples of accidents that someone else’s negligence could have caused.
Additionally, we understand you may wish to seek legal representation but are unsure of the cost it could pose. If that’s the case, we have an option you may benefit from. Our panel of solicitors offer No Win No Fee arrangements which means you won’t need to pay a fee upfront.
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- What Is An Ear Damage Compensation Claim?
- What Could Cause Ear Injuries?
- How Could Your Ear Be Damaged?
- Treating Ear Injuries
- Do I Have An Ear Damage Compensation Claim?
- Ear Damage Compensation Calculator
- Start Your No Win No Fee Ear Damage Compensation Claim
- Helpful Resources
There are various types of ear damage including:
- Perforated eardrum
- Loss of an ear
- Hearing loss
- Ear infection
It’s important to note that not all ear injuries sustained in accidents could result in a claim. A valid personal injury claim must be able to demonstrate negligence which involves:
- Someone owing you a duty of care
- Someone breaching the duty of care they owed you
- You suffering physical harm or psychological damage as a result.
For more information on whether you’re eligible to seek ear damage compensation, please get in touch using the details at the top of the page.
Ear injuries and ear damage can occur in various types of accidents, such as:
- Road traffic accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Accidents in a public place
In some cases, these incidents could occur through no fault of anyone else’s. However, if you cannot prove that someone else breached the duty of care they owed you, you will not be able to claim ear damage compensation.
There are various places where you may have been owed a duty of care. For example:
- The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that all employers must take all reasonable steps to ensure their employees are kept safe from harm. Failure to do so could result in accidents that cause harm.
- The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that the person in control of a public space must do everything they reasonably can to prevent members of the public from experiencing harm. Failure to do so could lead to accidents that cause a member of the public to sustain an injury.
- All road users have a duty of care to one another to take all reasonable actions to ensure those navigating the roads are kept safe from harm. There are rules and guidelines for all road users to follow in the Highway Code.
If you have evidence that someone failed to uphold the duty of care they owed you, please get in touch with our team.
There are various ways someone else’s negligence could cause you to sustain damage to your ear. Some examples might include:
- A learner driver may have failed to stop at a set of traffic lights resulting in them knocking you over while you were crossing the road. Due to the high impact at which you were hit, you may have sustained serious damage to your eardrum.
- Your employer may have failed to provide necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as ear defenders whilst working consistently in a noisy environment. As a result, you may have experienced noise-induced hearing loss.
- You may have experienced an ear fracture, amongst other minor injuries, after a slip, trip or fall on a spill that hadn’t been signposted in a supermarket.
If you would like to discuss your potential claim to find out whether you’re eligible to seek ear damage compensation, call the number above.
The treatment you receive for your ear injury will vary depending on the damage sustained. For example, according to the NHS, hearing loss treatment could include:
- Medication for an infection
- Ear drops to help with a wax build-up
- Hearing aids or implants
However, for a perforated eardrum, the NHS suggests that surgery may be required.
If you have an injury to your ear, you should seek medical attention. A medical professional will be able to provide more information on the treatment you will receive.
If you have sustained an ear injury, either at work, in public, or on the road, there are a few steps you may wish to take when seeking ear damage compensation. For example, you could:
- Seek medical attention: This will ensure you receive the correct treatment for your injuries. It will also produce medical records highlighting the treatment and diagnosis you received which can be used as evidence to strengthen your claim.
- Gather evidence: You could obtain CCTV footage, dashcam footage, witness contact details and pictures of your injuries and the accident.
- Seek legal advice: Hiring an experienced personal injury solicitor could help you understand the claims process. Also, they could help you access relevant evidence to support your case.
The solicitors from our panel all have experience in personal injury law and could help you take steps to get the compensation you deserve.
A solicitor from our panel provides various services, including arranging a medical appointment. The appointment is completed by an independent medical professional to assess the full nature of your injuries. This information can be used to accurately value the compensation you receive for your injuries.
The ear damage compensation payout you may receive might comprise general and special damages. Each awards compensation for the impact your injuries have had on your life.
General damages seek to compensate for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injuries. Different factors are taken into consideration when calculating the value of your injuries, such as severity and the impact on your quality of life.
Medical evidence may be used alongside a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) when calculating how much compensation you’re owed. The JCG provides bracket compensation amounts for corresponding injuries that solicitors often use to help when valuing claims.
We have created a table using the figures from the JCG below. However, you should only use the figures as a guide because your overall settlement will differ.
|Deafness/ Tinnitus (b)||The person will be completely deaf.||£85,170 to £102,890|
|Deafness/ Tinnitus (c)||The person will have completely lost their hearing in one ear.||£29,380 to £42,730|
|Deafness/ Tinnitus (d) (i)||Partial hearing loss and/or Tinnitus: Cases of severe tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss.||£27,890 to £42,730|
|Deafness/ Tinnitus (d) (ii)||Partial hearing loss and/or Tinnitus: Cases might include tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss that's moderate.||£13,970 to £27,890|
|Deafness/ Tinnitus (d) (iii)||Partial Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus: Cases of tinnitus that's mild involving some noise-induced hearing loss.||£11,820 to £13,970|
|Severe General Psychiatric Damage (a)||The person will experience issues with working, life, education and maintaining relationships.||£51,460 to £108,620|
|Less Severe General Psychiatric Damage (d)||The award given will depend on different factors such as how long someone has been impacted.||£1,440 to £5,500|
|Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (a)||The person will experience a permanent impact which prevent them from functioning at the same level as pre-trauma.||£56,180 to £94,470|
|Less Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (d)||The person will have made a mostly full recovery within two years.||£3,710 to £7,680|
|Injuries Affecting Sight (a)||Cases of complete blindness and deafness.||In the region of £379,100|
Special damages refer to any monetary losses you have sustained as a result of your injuries. This might include lost wages, fees for travel, or in some cases, the cost of therapies not covered by the NHS.
However, you must provide evidence to support your claim for any financial losses, such as payslips or receipts.
For an accurate estimate of how much your claim is worth, please get in touch with our team for a free valuation.
A solicitor from our panel could help you seek ear damage compensation by offering No Win No Fee services, such as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This type of agreement means there are no upfront fees and no ongoing fees to pay whilst your claim is ongoing.
If your claim is successful, payment will be deducted from your compensation in the form of a success fee. This fee is legally capped and is something your solicitor will discuss with you before they begin working on your case.
However, if your claim fails, no success fee will be paid to your solicitor.
If this is an option you would like to consider, get in touch. An advisor could assess whether your case has a strong chance of succeeding. If it does, they could assign a solicitor to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.
Alternatively, if you would like more information before starting your claim, you can get in touch by:
- Calling us on 0800 408 7825
- Chatting with an advisor via the live chat feature below
- Filling out our online contact form.
Below, we have provided some additional resources that you may find beneficial.
- £10,000 Compensation Payout For A Minor Eye Injury
- £49,600 Compensation Payout For Damage To Senses
- Can I Be Sacked for Having An Accident At Work?
- NHS – Conditions
- GOV – Request CCTV Footage
- HSE – Workplace Accident Statistics
We hope this guide on seeking ear damage compensation has helped. However, if you have any additional questions, you can call our team using the number at the top of the page.