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Occupational Deafness and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is a serious condition that can occur in a variety of different scenarios including industrial work environment, military or emergency operations, music events, or fireworks displays. NIHL causes significant problems for those who experience it and, if a negligent third party is at fault, the sufferer should be entitled to compensation.

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Helpful Information

If you have experienced occupational deafness, or hearing loss caused whilst attending a private or public event, you may be able to bring a claim against the party responsible for your injury. On this page, you will find general information to consider before making your claim, together with details of how our team can help you.

Here at McCarthy + Co, our specialist team of personal injury solicitors has many decades of experience in bringing successful claims against negligent employers, service providers, public and private organisations. If you have suffered due to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), our expert team will listen to your experience and help you to determine if you have a case against the negligent party.

Bringing an Occupational Deafness Compensation Claim

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the term used to describe hearing loss, deafness, or tinnitus that has been caused by excessive noise in an industrial or commercial work environment. Workers in heavy industry are usually the most common sufferers of NIHL.

Common scenarios where occupational deafness or NIHL occur include:

  • Aeronautical Engineering Environments
  • Factories and Mills
  • Ship Building Companies
  • Construction and Engineering Sites
  • Power Stations
  • Steel or Ironworks
  • Motor racing circuits
  • Military operations
  • Emergency unit responses
  • Live music events
  • Other events involving excessive noise.

If you have worked in an environment such as the one above and you believe you are a sufferer of occupational deafness, you may have a case to bring against your employer. Similarly, if you attended an event and the organiser of that event failed to adequately protect you, you may also have a case against the event organiser.

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Occupational Deafness Compensation Claims

If you have suffered hearing loss in a work environment due to the negligence of a third party, contact our solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has experience bringing claims relating to a wide variety of workplace settings including noise-intensive industrial environments. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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