Noise Induced Hearing Loss and the Purchase of Hearing Aids
Why solicitors in Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims should now, more so than ever, push to seek the cost of purchasing hearing aids from Defendant Insurers.
There has been recent news coverage about the NHS attempting to cut costs by only offering one hearing aid for a patient whose hearing is affected in both ears. The Patient concerned is apparently being advised to use the one hearing aid by alternating between each ear, all for the purpose of saving the NHS an average £ 90.00 for every patient.
Ben Mitchell, solicitor and Head of Industrial Disease at Applebys, commented:
“ It has been standard practice for solicitors to seek the present and future cost of buying hearing aids privately for clients who have had their hearing loss damaged as a consequence of noise exposure in the workplace. Defendant insurers have over the years robustly challenged Claimants who seek, as a part of their compensation, the future cost of hearing aids. Their argument has predominantly been “why should the insurer pay damages for obtaining hearing aids privately when they can be obtained for free on the NHS?”. This in legal terms is a persuasive argument in at least attempting to significantly reduce the sum they may have to pay out to the Claimant for private hearings aids. However with this recent development, whilst the Claimant in the past should perhaps attempt to go through the NHS first, before buying them privately from somebody like Specsavers. The crux of the matter is, the patient who has noise induced hearing loss and has been told by the medical expert they would benefit from hearing aids now, why should they have to settle for an inadequate service through the NHS when their need is pressing and they have the option of obtaining them privately straightaway, even though it will be at cost?”
Applebys solicitors specialise in “No Win No Fee” Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims, and have an aggressive approach to recovering as much compensation in the shortest time as possible for their clients. If that means having to go to Court to ensure our client obtains the maximum amount of compensation, like the future cost of hearing aids, then we will have no hesitation in doing that.