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Workplace noise can cause vocal injuries

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A rather interesting recent case saw a former teacher win a compensation award of £145,000 due to the serious damage that was done to her vocal chords while carrying out her duties. Unfortunately, her injuries have prevented her from returning to the teaching profession.
The problem was caused by the fact that she had to teach in a classroom that was next to a playground which was often packed with noisy children. She had to shout regularly during lessons, and despite reporting the problem to management, no action was taken to rectify the situation.
Vocal injuries can be sustained in a variety of professions, from sports coaching to the performing arts. If they are caused by negligence on the part of an employer, then action can be taken.
Employers, irrespective of industry sector, have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their staff members. When problems occur, they are required to take reasonable steps to make the situation better and if this doesn’t happen, the employee could have a case to seek adequate compensation.
In all cases, the highest possible award needs to be sought. Industrial injuries often lead to a loss of income, and in many cases require expensive medical and recuperative treatment. Without an adequate financial award, it can be immensely difficult to make ends meet.
Stephensons' specialist personal injury solicitor have helped many clients to gain the justice they deserve over the years after they’ve suffered at the hands of negligent employers. If you feel you may have a case, contact us today on 01616 966 229.
By personal injury solicitor, Kate Sweeney