Teacher Wins Compensation for Damage to Vocal Chords

A teacher has won a compensation pay-out after losing her voice as she struggled to make herself heard over outside noise in her classroom.

Online PR News – 13-November-2010 – – Personal Injury Solicitor Paul Rooney examines a recent compensation claim awarded to a teacher.

A teacher has won a compensation pay-out after losing her voice as she struggled to make herself heard over outside noise in her classroom.

Joyce Walters has been awarded more than £150,000 as a result of two out-of-court settlements with Hillingdon Council, for whom she taught English to foreign students at Harlington Adult Education Centre in north-west London between September 2005 and June 2006.

The 50-year-old’s classroom was located next to a roofed courtyard, where pupils from a nearby secondary school played during breaks and lunchtimes. Mrs Walters claimed that she repeatedly had to repeat herself and raise her voice, in order to make herself heard over the noise coming from the courtyard.

Within a month she had developed a sore throat, which got progressively worse, and was eventually diagnosed with non-cancerous nodules on her vocal chords. Despite months of speech therapy, she was forced to give up her job as she still struggles to talk for extended periods of time without suffering a sore throat and hoarse voice.

Joyce said: “Teaching was my calling. I adored the classroom and miss it so much, but the problems with my voice make it impossible for me to ever go back.

“I even have to think twice about day-to-day things, like speaking on the phone to my dad in Scotland, as my voice is not strong enough to maintain a conversation for any length of time.”

Jean Palmer, director of planning, environment and community services for Hillingdon Council, said: “After a period of almost three years, the council felt that it was in the best interests of Mrs Walters, the council and taxpayers to settle the claims.”

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Ref: PRS-HS-101110

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