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BT (British Telecom) Engineers Deafness Compensation Claim
When Personal Protection Equipment is not present, what you need to know
BT (British Telecom) admits that they exposed engineers to hearing loss
In 2010 British Telecom admitted that they exposed engineers to the risk of hearing loss through the use of their tone setters. The tone setters (also called Oscillarors or amplifiers) were used to find the faults within residential and business telephone lines. In the release given by the British Telecom it was admitted that the equipment was not within the Noise Work regulations of 1989.
What you should do if you have worked for BT
If you have worked for British Telecom and believe that you have suffered from any deafness as the result of using the tone set equipment, your first priority should be to have your hearing checked by a doctor, nurse, medical staff, practitioner, or specialist to determine the level of hearing loss and proper treatment. Those which have suffered from complete hearing loss are advised to seek a medical diagnosis to determine how and when the injury occurred as well as evaluate if any corrective measures can be taken.
What are some common symptoms of hearing loss?
Those who have worked for the BT and are unsure as to whether or not they have suffered from hearing loss are encouraged to seek professional diagnosis. However, you can check to see if you have some of the common symptoms associated with hearing loss these include:
- Muffled Hearing – if your hearing has a fuzzy or a muffled sound it could be the result of hearing loss.
- Difficulty understanding people – If you have to have people constantly repeat themselves to get the message across, you may have a hearing problem.
- If you find that you have to increase the volume on your television or radio
- Ringing in the ears
- Pain in the ears
- Trouble with your balance – Your ears plays a large role in your balance. If you find that you are having difficulty in keeping your balance or in walking it may be the cause of a damaged eardrum or the loss of hearing in one or both of your ears.
Again, if you feel that you have any of these symptoms, or if you feel that you may have suffered hearing loss as a result of working for the BT then you should seek the medical diagnosis of a medical staff, doctor, practitioner, or specialist.
Should you file a BT Deafness Compensation claim?
If you have suffered from hearing loss as a result of working for the BT then you may have grounds for a claim, especially if you worked for the company after 1989 and before 2010. Where you can file a claim if you worked for the BT before 1989 there will be other considerations which your legal advisor will need to discuss with you. If you worked with the BT after 2010 then you will need so show how the BT neglected to advise you of the potential for hearing loss from the use of certain tone sets.
If you have already been diagnosed as having hearing loss and require a hearing aid or other device to assist with your hearing you have grounds for a claim. Also, those which have had to have surgery to the eardrum to restore the hearing or those which have had to undergo specific inner ear hair follicle restoration treatments in order to treat their hearing loss caused by working with the BT may have grounds for a claim.
Those which have suffered from complete hearing loss as a direct result of working for British Telecom have grounds for a claim as well, especially if the person worked for the company after 1989 or for a long period of time prior to 2010.
There are stipulations and parameters in which a claim for hearing loss from BT must be filed. Your compensation claim will be based on how these stipulations were followed as well as the gravity of the hearing loss (whether temporary, partial, or full loss) as well as other factors. Please note that not everyone will receive the same compensation.
Do not attempt to heighten you injuries to gain more compensation. Your ears are extremely sensitive and such could cause permanent damage to your health. It is also illegal to increase your injury for increased gain in a compensation claim.
We are here to help you claim compensation
Hearing loss is often a permanent injury, though there are cases where hearing can be partially or fully restored. If you worked for the BT (especially if you did so between 1989 and 2010) and would like to discuss your case one-on-one with a professional legal representative, please contact us. Our team will work with you to determine the best option to get you the compensation you deserve.