Worker’s win is good news for mi­grants

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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.

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