Calculations for Deafness Compensation
Deafness in the legal realm is defined as partial or total hearing loss. Courts that make compensation decisions regarding deafness consider a range of different factors, including: whether the injury occurred ‘instantly’ or over an extended period of time; the age at which the injury occurred (because younger victims experience developmental difficulties related to hearing loss); and whether or not the injury also affects the sufferer’s balance.
- Partial Hearing Loss: £4,850 – £30,000 This is a broad category that covers an extensive range of injuries. Injuries caused by a prolonged period of noise exposure typically fall here. The sufferer’s age and the presence or absence of tinnitus will be accounted for when an award is made.
- Total Hearing Loss, One Ear: £20,500 – £30,000 Awards in this category become higher when the sufferer also experiences long-term complications such as tinnitus or dizziness.
- Total Deafness: £59,500 – £72,000 Compensation is awarded toward the higher end of this bracket when an injury also causes tinnitus and/or difficulties in the sufferer’s speech.
- Total Deafness with Loss of Speech: £72,000 – £92,000 Awards at this level are typically made when deafness is inflicted at an early age and therefore also has a negative impact on development.