Adviceline Injury Lawyers has helped a Victorian worker access compensation after he lost his hearing and developed tinnitus because of his employment.
The worker had been employed as a trade teacher since 1986. In his early years of teaching, no hearing protection was provided and when he was recently provided ear muffs, he was prevented from instructing the class.
In around 2004, the worker's hearing began to seriously deteriorate, and in particular, the sound of high pitched cicadas ringing in his ears was making his life unbearable. He could get 3 hours sleep at the most each night and was barely able to function. He developed depression as nearly every aspect of his life was affected by this tinnitus or his hearing loss caused by work.
Initially, he was able to access a small lump sum under the WorkCover scheme for his hearing loss, but when he applied for compensation for the tinnitus that was so impacting his life, the Victorian WorkCover Authority refused, saying it wasn't a serious injury.
Michael Lombard and Genna Angelowitsch from Adviceline Injury Lawyers helped the injured employee dispute this decision in the County Court and after the first half day of the hearing provided compensation to him.
It was a hard fought case but one that deserved to be won after a heartless decision clearly based on a lack of understanding.
I am sure there are many others who are tragically affected by tinnitus developed through work, Michael Lombard said, It is just that few people are aware of their rights and need help to fight poor decisions by WorkCover.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury at work, it is important that you get accurate advice from people skilled in personal injury law. We invite you to speak to one of our personal injury lawyers on (03) 9321 9988 to find out what you and your family are entitled to.