Ear Injury Claims
If your life or the life of a loved one was affected by an ear injury after suffering an accident through no fault of your own, you might be eligible to make an ear injury claim against the liable party. An experienced solicitor can provide all the support you need and guide you through the legal process.
Many circumstances can cause an ear injury. Road and workplace accidents, loud noises, changes in atmospheric pressure, assaults, contact sports, or foreign bodies in the ear are just some of the most common situations that can lead to ear trauma.
From minor injuries like cuts and scrapes to hearing loss and balance problems, an ear injury can change your life completely. If you got injured because of someone else’s negligence, this could be all the more frustrating, and you might want compensation for your pain and suffering.
To find out if you have a valid claim, call 0800 678 1410 for a free consultation with a legal adviser. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form to request a call back. An experienced solicitor is ready to hear your story and help you get the ear injury compensation you deserve.
Do I have a valid ear injury claim?
If you’ve suffered any kind of ear injury due to no fault of your own, you might be eligible to claim compensation provided that:
- the injury happened in the last three years
- the liable party owed you a duty of care
- you were injured as a result of their negligence
If you consider making a claim, you must be able to prove that the other party acted negligently, causing your injury. When possible, you should collect some of the following evidence to strengthen your case:
- Take photos of the accident scene and what caused your ear injury.
- If any bystanders saw the accident occur and can provide testimony, you should get their contact details.
- Take photos of your injuries if they are visible.
- Keep a record of all expenses related to your injury.
- File an accident report with the responsible authorities.
- Seek medical attention. This ensures you get the treatment you need while serving as a future reference if you decide to make an ear injury claim.
Asking the help of a professional solicitor can turn your claim around. Even if you don’t have enough proof to sustain your case, they can help gather all the evidence you need to maximise your chances of success.
You can get a free consultation with a legal adviser by calling 0800 678 1410. A solicitor will listen to you and provide expert advice, free of charge and without any obligation to proceed.
Common types of ear injuries
Following an accident, injuries can occur to any part of the external, middle and inner ear. This can cause damage to your ear canal, eardrum, cartilage and skin around your ears or the many tiny ear bones.
Outer ear (auricle) damage:
Accidents can cause minor to severe injuries to the outer ear, such as:
- Cuts and scratches
- Avulsions. After an accident, a part of the ear might partially or entirely tear off. Some avulsion injuries might require plastic surgery.
- Cauliflower ear. Following an impact, blood clots can form beneath the skin, blocking the blood flow and damaging the tissue. Left untreated, this causes an ear deformity resembling a cauliflower.
Damage to the middle and inner ear:
Injuries to the middle and inner ear can be more devastating and affect the hearing. Common injuries include:
- A ruptured or perforated eardrum. Direct blows to the ear or head, drastic changes in atmospheric pressure, foreign objects or loud noises might cause the eardrum to tear. This can make your middle ear vulnerable to infections and could result in hearing loss.
- Surfer’s ear is a progressive condition that might develop following exposure to cold, wet or windy conditions for extended periods. It can cause abnormal bone growth within the ear canal, leading to ear pain and hearing loss.
- Fractures. A severe blow to the head or ear may cause the bones in the middle ear (ossicles) to fracture or dislocate, causing hearing loss. You might require surgical intervention for this kind of injury.
- Cochlear damage. The cochlea is the main organ of hearing and is part of the inner ear. Loud or extended noise exposure can result in cochlear damage, which typically causes permanent hearing loss.
Signs and symptoms of ear injuries typically include:
- Ear pain, which can range from mild to severe
- Dizziness and feeling lightheaded
- Balance problems and vertigo
- Changes in vision
- Feelings of nausea and vomiting
- Ear discharge like pus or blood
If you suspect you might have an ear injury, you should get a prompt medical examination. Early medical intervention might minimise the damage and prevent further complications like hearing loss.
If another party was responsible for your trauma, the medical report can be used as evidence if you decide to claim ear injury compensation.
What type of accidents can cause ear injuries?
Ear injuries can happen in many different ways. Some develop immediately following physical trauma, while others take years to progress. Some of the most common causes of an ear injury are:
Accidents at work.
All employers are legally bound to take all the necessary measures to prevent accidents and ensure employee safety. When they fail to do so, you might suffer an ear injury from:
- a slip, trip and fall, especially if you suffered direct head trauma
- falling from a height due to lack of proper protective measures
- collision with a vehicle or an item falling from a height that might cause head or ear trauma
- industrial deafness from being exposed to constant loud noises without hearing protection
- working with vibrating machinery for extended periods without sufficient breaks
- exposure to chemicals that might damage the inner ear
- acoustic shock from faulty telecommunication equipment
Road traffic accidents.
An accident on the road might result in injury to the ear. Broken glass or metal can cause cuts, lacerations, bruising or avulsions. Foreign objects could also enter the middle ear and cause damage to the ear canal or eardrum.
A severe collision may cause a direct blow to the head resulting in cauliflower ear or ever eardrum rupture in extreme cases. Even the impact of the head hitting the airbag can lead to tinnitus that won’t go away, which can cause loss of sleep and depression.
Sports injuries to the ear vary with the activities that cause them. They often involve the auricle, the ear canal, eardrum or inner ear. Boxing is well-known to have an increased risk for ear injuries due to repeated blows to the head.
Cauliflower ear, lacerations and avulsions of portions of the auricle are also common in rugby and hockey players that wear poorly fitting helmets. Without proper protection, many sports carry the risk of ear injury.
If you get hit by another person, outer ear injuries may include lacerations, hematomas and bruises of the auricle. A forcible slap to the external ear can have more severe consequences, like tympanic membrane perforation. Assault with a weapon might even cause avulsions and fractures.
In some cases, medical malpractice can cause partial hearing loss or deafness, which can be devastating and life-changing. The incorrect administration of antibiotics like gentamicin in children can cause side effects like severe deafness.
Failure in diagnosing or treating some conditions may also cause hearing loss. Poor technique or substandard interventions may cause perforations of the eardrum.
This list is not exhaustive, and there are many other ways in which you can suffer an ear injury due to another person’s lack of care. That can be very distressing and frustrating, and you might want compensation for all that you’ve endured.
The compensation for ear injury can help provide the financial support you need during recovery and counterbalance the pain and suffering you endured.
How much is an ear injury compensation claim worth?
There is no fixed award for an ear injury claim. It strictly depends on the severity of the injury, the financial losses you incurred, and the impact it had on your life. A solicitor can estimate a proper compensation award by considering how the injury affected you personally and economically.
You can claim compensation for general, non-economic damages like:
- physical pain and suffering
- emotional distress
- physical disfigurement
- physical impairment
- lowered quality of life
- inability to pursue a hobby
- loss of a unique career and difficulty finding another job
It’s not easy to calculate a suitable figure for subjective aspects like those mentioned above. However, the guidelines published by the Judicial College are used as a reference by legal professionals when awarding compensation for an ear injury. According to them, you could get:
- £85,170 to £102,890 for total deafness
- £24,950 to £36,310 for total hearing loss in one ear
- £11,820 to £13,970 for mild tinnitus and hearing loss
- £6,910 to £11,820 for slight tinnitus and hearing loss
- Up to £5,590 for minor deafness or tinnitus
To confirm the level of injury you’ve experienced and determine the long-time effects it may involve, your solicitor will arrange a free medical examination. Consequently, you will receive a medical report that will be used as evidence in your claim.
It’s more straightforward to calculate the compensation for special damages. These include past and future losses such as:
- medical expenses, including specialist care costs, medication and follow-up treatments
- transportation costs of travelling to and from medical appointments
- lost wages, if you had to take time off work while recovering from your injury
- loss of earning capacity if you are unable to return to your former place of employment or have to take up a lower-paying job
- cost of hearing aids
You can get a free consultation with a legal adviser by calling 0800 678 1410 or entering your details to request a call back. A solicitor will consider the many ways in which your injury affected your life and give you an estimation of your ear injury compensation prospects.
Can I make an ear injury claim on a no win no fee basis?
The benefits of hiring a personal injury solicitor are clear. They will take care of all the paperwork, save you a lot of time and effort, and they know how the legal process works. But concerns about the potential costs of hiring professional help might be off-putting.
Fortunately, if you find yourself in this situation, there’s a solution. Most ear injury claims can be settled on a no win no fee basis, meaning a solicitor will take on your case without requiring any upfront payment.
Whether you qualify to claim a no win no fee basis depends on the details of your unique situation. A personal injury solicitor will assess your claim and predict your chances of success. If they are 50% or higher, you will likely come to a no win no fee agreement.
Reaching a conditional fee agreement can take the economic pressure off your shoulders. It allows you to make an ear injury compensation claim without paying any upfront fees or taking financial risks.
If your claim is successful, your solicitor will take a success fee that you previously agreed on, which can be up to 25% of your compensation award. If your case fails, you will not have to pay anything to anyone. The process is fully transparent, and there are no hidden charges.
If you are thinking about making an ear injury claim on a no win no fee basis, you should get in touch with a solicitor as soon as possible. They will explain all the details and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Can I make an ear injury claim on behalf of my child?
Parents are entitled to act as litigation friends for their children. If your child suffered an ear injury due to somebody else’s negligence and they are under 18 years old, you can start a claim on their behalf. If a claim is not made on their behalf, they have another three years after their 18th birthday to initiate a claim by themselves.
There are many ways in which a child can suffer an ear injury. Inserting something into the ear, loud noise, or direct blows to the head can lead to trauma that can affect the child’s life permanently. An experienced solicitor can help you claim compensation, including when:
- the accident happened at school or on school trips
- the injury occurred on public property, such as poorly-maintained parks and playgrounds
- the ear trauma was a result of medical negligence
- the child has been injured in a road traffic accident
In child injury cases, you can claim compensation for:
- treatment costs
- home tutors, if they had to take time off school
- loss of earnings, if you had to stay at home to take care of your child
- rehabilitation costs or hearing aids
- loss of amenity
- other expenses related to the injury
If you need help to claim compensation for an ear injury on behalf of your child, don’t hesitate to contact a legal advisor by calling free on 0800 678 1410. Alternatively, enter your details to receive a call back from an experienced legal adviser.