A Guide To Claiming Compensation For Tinnitus

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 14th May 2024. Have you suffered tinnitus as a result of either an accident that was not your fault or because of regular and excessive exposure to loud noises? If so, you may wish to claim compensation for tinnitus against the party responsible. In this guide, we will show you how to do so.

Most people with the condition will experience a combination of sounds, hearing noises such as ringing, white noise, and buzzing. Whilst many of us may have experienced a short bout of tinnitus after going to a concert or similar event, this usually resolves itself in a brief period of time. If you have been exposed to very loud noise on a regular basis, you could experience a constant sound in the ear accompanied by hearing loss or damage.

If someone else was to blame for your exposure to loud noises or caused you to have an accident, you could claim compensation for tinnitus. Find out how to do so below.

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  1. What Is The Average Payout For Hearing Loss?
  2. Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For Tinnitus?
  3. Time Limits When Claiming For Tinnitus
  4. Common Causes Of Tinnitus
  5. Evidence To Support Your Tinnitus Claim
  6. Claim Compensation For Tinnitus On A No Win No Fee Basis
  7. Advice For People With Tinnitus

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What Is The Average Payout For Hearing Loss?

You might be wondering, ‘what is the average payout for hearing loss?’. However, it’s difficult to give a definitive answer as hearing loss settlement amounts awarded can differ depending on the specific circumstances of your case.

In this section, we have created the table below using figures from the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Solicitors can use the publication alongside medical evidence to help them value general damages in a personal injury claim. General damages relate to the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injuries. This is one of the heads of claim that can make up a tinnitus compensation award.

It’s important to note, however, that the figures below act as guidelines and do not represent the final settlement you might receive.

Injury descriptionCompensation amountComments and notes
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special DamagesUp to £250,000+If you are eligible to claim for multiple serious injuries, including one that affects your hearing, then you may receive a payout that covers all injuries and any related special damages, such as loss of earnings.
Total Deafness and Loss Of Speech£133,810 to £171,860Cases where the claimant experiences total deafness and associated loss of speech.
Total Deafness£110,750 to £133,810Cases where there is no loss of speach.
Total Loss Of Hearing In One Ear£38,210 to £55,570There may be associated problems such as tinnitus, dizziness or headaches.
Partial Hearing Loss or/and Tinnitus (i)£36,260 to £55,570

This compensation brackets covers cases of severe tinnitus.
Partial Hearing Loss or/and Tinnitus (ii)£18,180 to £36,260Cases where there is moderate tinnitus.
Partial Hearing Loss or/and Tinnitus (iii)£15,370 to £18,180Cases involving mild tinnitus.

Tinnitus Compensation – What Are Special Damages?

Special damages may also be included in your claim for tinnitus compensation. This head of claim compensates you for any additional costs or financial losses caused by your injury. For example, you might take time off work to recover from your tinnitus injury, which could result in a loss of earnings.

Other examples of financial harm you might experience as a result of tinnitus include:

  • Costs arising from paying for medication to alleviate symptoms of your injury.
  • Travel expenses stemming from travelling to and from hospital appointments regarding your tinnitus.
  • Paying for specialist equipment required to cope with your injuries, i.e. a hearing aid.

When making a personal injury claim for compensation for tinnitus, you will need to provide evidence of your financial losses in order to receive special damages. A copy of your payslips, bank statements, and any relevant invoices or receipts could be used as evidence in your claim.

If you have any questions, such as “What is the average tinnitus compensation in the UK?” our advisors could assist you with your queries free of charge.

Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For Tinnitus?

In different scenarios of your life, you are owed a duty of care by certain parties. Examples include:

  • In public areas – In public places, such as a park or shop, the controller of that space owes you a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Under their duty, they should take steps to ensure your reasonable safety while you’re in the public space.
  • At work – Each employee is owed a duty of care by their employer, as established under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Employers should take reasonable steps to protect their staff from harm while in the workplace and performing their work-related duties.
  • Using the roads– Each road user owes one another a duty of care to use the roads in a manner that avoids causing harm to themselves and others. They should also adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 plus the rules and regulations set out in the Highway Code.

If the duty of care owed to you is breached in any of these example scenarios, then an accident that injures you could potentially occur as a result. The accident could cause injuries to your hearing, such as tinnitus, which may be related to a head or neck injury.

You may be eligible to claim compensation for tinnitus if your case can establish the following:

  • You were owed a duty of care.
  • The party that owed this duty breached it.
  • You suffered your injuries as a result of this breach.

For more advice on how you could start a personal injury claim, please contact our advisors for free today either online or by calling us.

Time Limits When Claiming For Tinnitus

For further guidance on the eligibility of your tinnitus compensation claim, get in touch with our advisors today.

The time limit to make a claim for tinnitus can depend on the circumstances that caused the condition.

If you developed tinnitus because of repeated exposure to harmful noises, your time limit to make a claim could be:

  • 3 years from the date you were first made aware of your condition and how it was related to the cause of harm

This will generally be the date you first received an official medical diagnosis of the condition.

If you had developed tinnitus in a road traffic accident, or because you had received harmful medication, your time limit could either be:

  • 3 years from the date of your accident, or the date you received the harmful medication
  • 3 years from the date you were first made aware of your condition

This is according to the information set out in the Limitation Act 1980 regarding personal injury claims for negligence. There can be extensions to this time limit though. Claims for tinnitus could be made outside the general 3-year time limit if:

  • The claimant was under the age of 18 at the time of developing the condition
  • The claimant lacked or lacks mental capacity during the 3 year time limit

However, a litigation friend can be appointed to represent them in either situation.

There is no time limit to settle a claim; once it has begun, it can go on as long as it needs to. If you are interested in claiming for tinnitus, please speak to an adviser today for free information.

Common Causes Of Tinnitus

were injured as a result of a breached duty of care in order to claim compensation for tinnitus. For example, this could include:

  • Your employer fails to keep a walkway in your office clear of debris and clutter. As a result, you trip and fall on a loose wire, hitting your head on the floor. This causes tinnitus and partial hearing loss.
  • A drunk driver speeds through a red light, smashing into your car and causing it to roll. A combination of head trauma and the noise of the crash causes you to suffer from severe tinnitus.
  • While shopping in a supermarket, a faulty shelving unit collapses, and you are hit by a heavy box when it falls. This trauma to your head causes both tinnitus and severe cuts and lacerations.

These are only a few examples of how a breached duty of care could result in tinnitus. To find out if you could be eligible to claim compensation for tinnitus, get in touch with our team of friendly advisors today. Or, read on to learn more.

Evidence To Support Your Tinnitus Claim

As part of your tinnitus claim, you’ll be required to gather evidence that can demonstrate your injuries were a direct result of a relevant third party breaching their duty of care.

Evidence that could be used to support claims for tinnitus include:

  • Medical records stating that you have been diagnosed with tinnitus and the treatment you are receiving for it.
  • The contact details of anyone who witnessed your accident so that they may provide a statement at a later date.
  • Any video footage or photographs of the accident, such as CCTV footage.
  • Proof of monetary losses – bank statements, receipts or invoices are just some examples of evidence that could be used as proof of these losses.

Contact our advisors today to discuss your potential personal injury claim and receive free advice. If you have a valid case, they may connect you with one of the solicitors on our panel.

Claim Compensation For Tinnitus On A No Win No Fee Basis

If you are eligible to make a tinnitus compensation claim, a solicitor from our panel may be able to help. Our panel of solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that they offer their services under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a kind of No Win No Fee contract.

When you work with a solicitor under a CFA, they won’t ask for a fee to start working on your claim or to keep working on your claim. Similarly, if your claim doesn’t succeed, you won’t pay a fee for their services.

However, successful tinnitus claims will have to pay a success fee to their solicitor. Your solicitor will take this fee directly from your compensation as a small percentage. However, the percentage they can take is limited by a legislative cap. This helps to ensure that you keep the majority of what you win.

To find out if you could be eligible to work with one of our solicitors, or to learn more about claims for tinnitus, contact our advisors today. Through a free consultation, they can evaluate your claim, answer any questions you may have, and may be able to connect you with a solicitor from our panel. Contact our team today by:

Advice For People With Tinnitus

Below we have recommended guides on our site as well as other sites where you can find relevant and useful resources.

Please feel free to get in touch at any time if you have further queries about claiming compensation for tinnitus.