||Do you think you suffer
from loss of hearing or tinnitus and think that BT's
amplifier/oscilators are to blame?
members should be aware of a number of articles that have
been published on the CWUís web site and the Unionís Voice
magazine concerning the above issue.
Services Department is encouraging any BT engineer who
suffers from tinnitus and hearing loss and who have used
oscillator and amplifier tone sets supplied by BT to contact
engineers will be aware that the oscillator and amplifier
tone sets supplied by BT came in four classifications
described as green sets, yellow sets unmodified, yellow sets
modified and blue sets.
Solicitors have obtained via the Courts a position statement
by BT in which liability is accepted in relation to the use
of certain amplified tone sets, subject to causation in
individual cases. (Causation means we have to provide
medical evidence that each individual memberís medical
condition has been caused by the said tone sets).
Additionally, BT are not currently enforcing the three year
limitation period in which claims need to be issued.
The South East Central branch has
received approximately 147 claims processed in the by the
union solicitors of which 49 have now successfully been
concluded, 19 have been deemed that hearing loss not severe
enough and all the others
are at various legal stages of their claim. The average
compensation received for members of this branch is
currently £6,700 (as of 29/11/13). Total claimed on behalf
of members is now in the region of £325,000.
Members will receive a Solicitors
client care letter along with the questionnaire seeking
further information in relation to their use of the tone
sets and it will be necessary for them to not only view our
memberís individual medical records but arrangements will be
made for medical examinations to be carried out on each
individual, in order to establish the extent and likely
reason for their condition.
meantime, any member who feels they may have suffered as a
result of using the oscillator and amplifier tone sets,
should register their claim via freephone
0300 333 0303.
Please note that irrespective of how long ago it was that
our members used the said equipment, it is recommended that
they register a claim with the CWU so that we can
investigate any potential claim on their behalf.
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