Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is caused by excessive exposure to loud sound, usually during the course of your employment. It is a very common health problem and can be difficult to detect.

In addition to hearing loss, another symptom of NIHL is tinnitus. This is usually described as a ringing noise in the ears which can often be temporary, but can sometimes become permanent.

Many people experience an onset of symptoms long after their employment has ceased.

Limitation for these types of claims runs from the date of knowledge, this being when you became aware of your hearing loss and that this may have been caused by your employment, or, the date that you ought to have known.

The employer’s date of knowledge in NIHL claims is generally taken as 1 January 1963. The risk of injury from prior to this date is not considered foreseeable and so any exposure prior to this date would not be considered in law, as negligent.

When pursuing a claim for NIHL, it is important to note that it is known as a ‘divisible disease’. This means that all potential individuals/companies that may have exposed you to high levels of noise would be pursued and the claim, if successful, would be apportioned between those who have contributed to the harm.

How Will Your Case Be Funded?

We would pursue your claim on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.

How Can We Help?

At James Murray Solicitors, our role is not just that of a legal Advisor but also as a support to you and your family and for that reason, we offer an out of office hours telephone service, which allows you the opportunity to speak to a Solicitor outside office hours at a time or day convenient to you. This service is appointment only.

Contact Us

If you have been diagnosed with Noise Induced Hearing Loss and would like further advice, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 933 3333 or by email to

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