Industrial Deafness Claims and Time Limits
Industrial deafness, in other words, occupational deafness, is a serious injury that can limit a person’s life. It may occur due to a specific accident, or event that has a gradual onset. The most common symptoms of Industrial deafness are difficulty hearing in open spaces, difficulty talking on the phone, and watching broadcasts on a higher volume.
Machine operators, miners, truck drivers, factory and construction workers have a relatively higher hearing loss chance than other workers. If you have experienced industrial deafness due to your workplace, regardless of your occupation, you may be entitled to make a workers compensation claim.
If you have experienced industrial deafness due to your workplace, you may be entitled to make a workers’ compensation claim.
What are my entitlements for an Industrial Deafness claim?
If you suffer from hearing loss due to during the course of work, you may be entitled to:
How is hearing loss compensation calculated?
Hearing loss compensation is based purely on your whole person impairment rating as the amount of compensation is dependant specifically on the level of whole person impairment. Our lawyers can calculate your hearing loss compensation upon being assessed for hearing loss. Our lawyers would organise a hearing loss assessment with a Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist.
After your medical assessment, our lawyers would, depending on the report which would include a copy of the audiogram, claim lump sum compensation on your behalf based on the whole person impairment.
An industrial deafness compensation claim example
|Permanent impairment lump sum payment||$24,810|
|Medical expenses reimbursement||$4,000|
The worker below is assessed at being 11% whole person impairment, and his injuries occurred due to his employer’s negligence. 11% whole person impairment would result in $24,810 in a lump sum payment. That does not include any other benefit or payout as it’s a separate entitlement that you are entitled to claim if you meet the 11% threshold.
I have hearing loss; how do I make a industrial deafness claim?
You can call our workers compensation lawyers for a free claim check, and we will help you in 3 main steps.
How can I make an industrial deafness compensation claim?
If you have experienced hearing loss, you should Undergo a hearing loss test as soon as possible. Once that is complete please contact our lawyers for a free claim eligibility check.
Industrial deafness claim time limit
The time limit to submit the Work Injury Claim Form is 6 months after your injury. If your permanent impairment is assessed at or greater than 15%, the time limit is 3 years. If you had an accident more than 3 years ago, you still may be able to make a claim. Reach our workers’ compensation lawyers for further details.
How long does an industrial deafness claim generally take?
Each compensation claim is different and gathering the necessary documents during the discovery process will take time. However, mostly industrial deafness claims take 6 -12 months to be finalised. Our lawyers can inform you of the legal process that you may go through during a free claim assessment.
Do I need a lawyer to make an industrial deafness claim?
The eligibility and amount of lump sum payment are dependent on the result of your hearing assessment. You can refer yourself to an Independent Medical Examiner and manage the entire process with the insurance company by yourself. However, our lawyers know the eligibility, process and the law of making an industrial deafness claim and our representation is at no cost to you. So if you have worked in a noisy environment that has affected your hearing loss, you deserve the best advice to ensure you claim the maximum compensation.
Our compensation lawyers take pride in knowing that we provide you with the best possible legal advice in a way you understand.
We will listen carefully to your situation, take everything possible into account and make sure you actually understand your compensation entitlements and how to claim them.
Obtain relevant documents to support your compensation claim and maximise your compensation entitlements.
Negotiate with the other side to settle or resolve your claim for the best result whilst keeping you informed and updated.
Which occupations are more at industrial deafness risk?
According to Safe Work Australia’s report, almost 1 million employees in Australia are exposed to dangerous levels of noise at their workplace, which can lead to industrial deafness. Also, due to a lack of hearing protection, thousands of workers suffer from hearing loss.
The figure below shows the number of claims made per thousand employees per industry.
Trade, construction, and transportation industries are the top 3 occupations that suffered from hearing loss. The manufacturing, mining, energy, public administration, community services, agriculture and finance industries are also at risk for causing industrial deafness to their fields.
Frequently asked questions
The short answer is no; our compensation lawyers are approved by the Independent Review Office which means your legal costs and the costs of the disbursements, such as the medical evidence and whole person impairment assessment costs are covered.
Yes, if you suffered hearing loss due to your workplace, you can make an industrial deafness claim to get your hearing aids expenses covered.
It’s safe to say being an exempt worker is an advantage when it comes to receiving compensation benefits since workers compensation claims for exempt workers are processed differently. The minimum permanent impairment threshold for exempt workers is greater than 5%. Read our exempt worker blog for further information.