Client Wins £57.5K for Military Hearing Loss
What was the Case?
Our client was employed as an Operations Warrant Officer, from the 5th of December 1995 to January 2021. During their employment, their constant exposure to loud noises resulted in military hearing loss and tinnitus.
During our client’s service, he changed rank several times to Infantry, HR and Artillery.
Throughout his time in service, our client would be exposed to noise from the following while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Unmanned air systems
- Airfield work
- Shooting on ranges
- Constant noise exposure to airfield noise and radios
Up to 12 Hours of Noise Exposure
If our client was situated at the airfield, he would be exposed to noise for a period of 8 hours. However, when he was situated in Afghanistan and Iraq, he was exposed for around 12 hours daily. This would be to sounds such as explosions, gunfire, and aviation.
In addition, our client claims he was also exposed to noise from AS90 firing whilst in Bosnia with 3 RHA.
Our client was an instructor for 5 years. As a result, there were lots of exercises with explosions and gunfire and with radio use which would constantly be over their ears and emitting loud noise. Unfortunately, it is difficult to quantify the number of rounds/explosions given that his level of service was 22 years. As such this would amount to a vast number.
Additionally, our client was constantly exposed to aircraft noise. Although he was provided with hearing protection this was not always 100% effective. He would often only be stood 5 metres away from the aviation noise. Sometimes, this distance was less.
Lack of Hearing Protection Resulting in Military Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
Hearing protection was sometimes available during exercises/gunfire; however, this was not always expected.
As a result, our client found it very difficult to communicate without the use of a radio or without excessive shouting.
A medical report was obtained on this matter in evidence and support of his condition of Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss and tinnitus due to his service. A further report from an audiologist was also requested in relation to the provision of hearing aids.
Expert Help from AWH’s Industrial Disease Solicitors
With the help of AWH’s industrial disease solicitor, Stacy Pimlott, our client was awarded £57,500.00 in damages for their hearing loss claim.
The Military’s Responsibility to Protect Employees from Hearing Loss
Under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, businesses and organisations are required to protect the health and safety of all their employees by managing noise levels in the workplace to prevent hearing loss.
If your workplace has a lot of loud noise, your employer should:
- Act to reduce noise exposure
- Provide protective equipment
- Ensure legal limits of noise exposure are not exceeded
- Monitor and maintain all equipment and machinery
- Provide health and safety information and training to all staff exposed to noisy environments
- Carry out health surveillance on employees at risk
If your employer fails to adhere to the above responsibilities, they will likely fail to protect you. As a result, this could lead to you suffering hearing loss. If you have experienced hearing loss or damage, speak to our solicitors to start your hearing loss claim.
Making a Claim for Hearing Loss in the Armed Forces
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.
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