Worker’s win is good news for migrants
could be confirmed with any medical certainty. The NSW Supreme Court last month agreed, saying the initial decision that his noise exposure overseas must have contributed to the injury was “nothing more than assumption or speculation”.
The case has set a major precedent for people who were employed overseas before coming to Australia and who have since been diagnosed with an industrial illness, injury or disease.
Industrial deafness is among the most common forms of hearing loss, with more than a million Australian workers believed to be exposed to noise levels at work high enough to cause permanent hearing impairment. Hearing loss usually occurs over a long period of time and can be compounded by tinnitus, an annoying ringing or buzzing in the ear.
People suffering from industrial deafness may be entitled to make a compensation claim for a lumpsum payment along with the future cost of hearing aids to assist with communication.