If you are suffering from hearing loss which you believe has been caused by exposure to excessive levels of noise in your workplace, you may be entitled to lodge a compensation claim for industrial deafness.
In order to lodge a hearing loss compensation claim, you will firstly need to consult your doctor and obtain a WorkCover medical certificate confirming a diagnosis of hearing loss. This certificate is then submitted to WorkCover Queensland or your employer’s workers compensation self-insurer, who will arrange an appointment with an audiologist for the purpose of assessing the extent of your hearing loss caused by your work environment.
Once the report from the audiologist has been received by WorkCover Queensland or the self-insurer, you will then be issued with a Notice of Assessment which will contain an offer of settlement.
If your hearing loss is assessed at five per cent or less, no monetary offer will be made.
Before any offer from WorkCover Queensland or the self-insurer is accepted, it is important to obtain legal advice in relation to your options. A hearing loss compensation lawyer from Stacks Law Firm can assist you with this.