Deafness Claims

If you or a loved one suffers from deafness as a result of clinical negligence, claiming for compensation can help you significantly improve your quality of life.

Sudden loss of hearing can bring both physical and psychological consequences. At JMW we understand this can be an incredibly frustrating situation that can significantly decrease your quality of life. Our team of expert solicitors is here to help you make a deafness claim and to gain the compensation that is deserved.

If you have suffered deafness due to clinical negligence and would like to seek compensation, contact our expert team today on 0800 054 6512, or complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

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Deafness Explained

According to Action on Hearing Loss, around 1 in 6 people in the UK suffer with some form of hearing impairment.

In fully functional ears, sound waves enter the outer ear and are directed to the eardrum (tympanic membrane), which then vibrates. The three small bones of the middle ear (ossicles), found on the other side of the eardrum, then also vibrate, transferring this mechanical movement to the small hair cells in the cochlea (inner ear), where they stimulates the fibres of the auditory nerve. From here, the messages go directly to the brain, where they are processed.

Hearing loss caused by damage to the hair cells or neural components of the ear is referred to as sensorineural hearing loss, while conductive hearing loss refers to an impairment caused by a blockage, perforated eardrum or a problem with the small bones in the ear.

Deafness can be used to describe any degree of hearing loss but the term is most commonly used where there is a total inability to hear.

Causes of Hearing Loss

The ageing process is probably the most common cause of hearing loss, but there are many other causes, including:

  • Babies born prematurely
  • Genetic defects
  • Rubella or cytomegalovirus in pregnancy
  • Meningitis
  • High noise levels
  • Exposure to certain metals and solvents
  • Certain drugs (gentamicin for instance)
  • Chronic middle ear infection
  • Head injury

Hearing loss in childhood is particularly serious as it can affect a child's ability to speak and to understand spoken language, especially if it occurs before the age of two. 

Signs and symptoms

There are many different signs that could indicate hearing loss in adults, including:

  • Difficulty ascertaining which direction a noise is coming from
  • Having to concentrate more than usual when listening
  • Difficulty hearing other people clearly and asking them to repeat themselves

It is often more difficult to tell if a baby or child is suffering from hearing loss. The NHS states that there are numerous signs to look out for in young children:

  • Not reacting to loud noises
  • Not responding to their name being called
  • Only hearing some sounds and not others
  • Not turning towards the source of a sound
  • Being slow to learn to talk
  • Talking very loudly
  • Frequently asking you or others to repeat themselves

Deafness Due to Clinical Negligence

We have helped clients make a claim in a range of different circumstances where deafness has been caused by the mistake of a medical professional.

For example, we have worked on cases where:

  • The insertion or non-insertion of grommets to treat otitis media has caused an infection in the middle ear
  • Complications during mastoid surgery have caused hearing loss and facial palsy
  • Medical professionals have failed to adequately monitor gentamicin levels from the prolonged use of antibiotics in a perforated ear
  • Delays in investigating and/or treating hearing loss has led to serious long-term problems

Why Choose JMW?

Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with injuries suffered due to the negligence of a medical professional. We have successfully settled cases for our clients that are worth millions of pounds.

Our clinical negligence team is renowned throughout the UK for successfully winning cases for our clients. Headed by Eddie Jones, who is widely regarded as a leading practitioner in the field, our team includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.

What's more, we offer initial free, no obligation legal advice to help you better understand your options. If you decide to work with us, we offer cases on a no win, no fee basis where appropriate. To find out if you are eligible for a no win, no fee claim, contact our team as soon as possible.

Talk to Us

If you would like to speak to our clinical negligence team either regarding your deafness case or on behalf of someone else, call JMW today on 0800 054 6512. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form to let us know your preferred method of communication

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