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Oscillator/amplifiers Do you think you suffer from loss of hearing or tinnitus and think that BT's amplifier/oscilators are to blame? Hearing Loss

Branch 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.

The Legal 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 the Union.

BT 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.

The CWU 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.

In the 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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