Client Wins £46,500 for Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claim
During their service in the Armed Forces, our client was subjected to loud noises from a variety of sources. As a result of not being provided with adequate noise protection equipment, our client left their service with military noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
Our Client’s Background
Our client was employed within the British Army as part of the Royal Corps of Signals. During their service, they were situated at various locations between 21/8/1985 to 9/7/1993. Our client began service as a Private before being promoted to Lance Corporal and then Corporal.
During their service, our client was deployed to several locations around the world. This includes the Gulf War, as well as having to perform on numerous training exercises.
What Caused Our Client’s Military Induced Hearing Loss?
Our client believes that he experienced military noise induced hearing loss. He was exposed to lots of loud noises during his service such as:
- The noise from firing guns on the ranges and whilst on living exercise.
- Body box vehicles which were pressurised.
- Helicopter travel.
- Track vehicles that he was walking by.
The gunfire he was exposed to could be as close as 4 inches from him and the other noises at a range of no more than 6ft away.
Inadequate Protection Resulting in Our Client’s Military Hearing Loss Claim
Our client was provided with sponge ear plugs which he believes were ineffective at combatting the noise levels. Later in his service, our client was issued ear defenders. However, these could not be always used.
Upon his entry and exit within the Armed Forces, our client was provided with a hearing test.
A medical report was obtained in this matter in evidence and support of his condition of military noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus due to service his superior. A further report from an audiologist was also requested in relation to the provision of hearing aids.
Settlement of £46,500 for Military Induced Hearing Loss
With the expert legal guidance from AWH’s military industrial disease solicitor, Stacy Pimlott, our client was able to secure settlement of £46,500 for their military noise induced hearing loss.
Employer’s Duties Regarding Noise Control
In accordance with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, it is mandatory for businesses and organizations to safeguard the health and safety of their employees by effectively managing noise levels in the workplace to mitigate the risk of hearing loss.
In workplaces with high noise levels, employers should:
- Take action to minimise noise exposure.
- Provide protective equipment.
- Ensure compliance with legal limits on noise exposure.
- Regularly monitor and maintain all equipment and machinery.
- Offer health and safety information and training to employees exposed to noisy environments.
- Conduct health surveillance on employees at risk.
Failure by your employer to fulfil these responsibilities indicates a potential failure of protection, which may result in hearing loss. If you have suffered hearing loss or damage, we encourage you to consult with our solicitors to start your hearing loss claim.
Making a Claim for Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss
If you have experienced hearing loss in the armed forces resulting in permanent or disabling hearing damage, we can help you with your hearing loss claim to get you the compensation you deserve. Start your workplace hearing loss claim with AWH today on a no-win, no-fee basis.Get in touch
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