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Claim for noise induced hearing loss as a result of exposure to excessive levels of noise working for British Coal/National Coal Board.

British Coal/National Coal Board admitted that he had been exposed to excessive levels of noise whilst working underground but disputed that his exposure to noise underground caused or contributed to his hearing loss. In addition, they argued that if the court found that the exposure had caused or contributed to his hearing loss then the amount of that loss was too small to qualify for compensation. This was because they argued that only hearing loss at 3 kHz was relevant whereas we argued that hearing loss at 4 kHz was also relevant and his loss at 4 kHz although small was enough to qualify him for compensation.

The case went to a trial at Sheffield County Court in November 2018 and the court agreed with our arguments and the claimant was awarded £6,000 in compensation for noise induced hearing loss.

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