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More than a dozen professionals who used to work as weavers from Burnley and Pendle at companies such as Perseverance Mill, Caledonia Textiles and Smith and Nephew's in the north of England have been awarded damages.
All these firms are either no longer based in the region or have shut down altogether, but settlements have still been made to compensate for the impact their work had on the health of their members of staff.
Indeed, it is thought that many more individuals could be eligible for compensation for similar ailments should they decide to take legal action.
Dr Tom Smith told the Burnley Citizen that affected people may not begin to experience difficulties with their hearing until later in life, which can make claims difficult.
"The problem is that deafness does not occur until long after they have left their particular employment," he noted.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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