If you suffer from noise-induced hearing loss, it can have a significant effect on your working and personal life.
Whilst, in many cases, work-related hearing loss occurs over an extended period due to exposure to noise in the workplace, it can also result from exposure to sudden loud noise.
In many cases, hearing loss is not identified until many years after the exposure.
As a worker who suffers hearing loss, you are entitled to make a claim through the WorkCover scheme. You must, of course, be able to prove that your hearing loss was caused or contributed to by your employment i.e. not by unrelated factors such as ear infections or other illness. Medical examination will usually be able to identify the types of loss caused by exposure to industrial noise.
Due to the very nature of most hearing loss cases occurring over extended periods, the law provides a way of allocating liability to one employer by deeming a date of injury. The deemed date of injury is either:
- the last day of employment in which you were exposed to noise; or
- if you are still employed in a noisy environment, the date your claim is lodged.
Where you sustain hearing loss which is accepted as arising out of or in the course of your employment, you may be eligible to claim entitlements including:
- The reasonable cost of a range of hearing services and devices;
- A lump sum impairment benefit in circumstances where the level of injury meets the relevant threshold.
The scheme surrounding workers compensation and your entitlements is complex and there are strict time limits that apply. It is important that you get appropriate legal advice from the outset to ensure that your rights are protected.
We can help you navigate the scheme, maximise your entitlements and make the decisions that are right for your future.
If you have a query, please do not hesitate to contact our expert Workers Compensation Team for a no obligation chat.