Infantry Soldier Awarded £45,000 for Military Induced Hearing Loss

Infantry Soldier Awarded £45,000 for Military Induced Hearing Loss
LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott
Case by: LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott Updated:

Our Client’s Background

Our client was employed as an Infantry Soldier in the Army between 1997 to 2019. During his service, our client was part of the Royal Highland Fusiliers between 1997 and 2010 followed by the Black Watch from 2010 till 2019. Our client enlisted the expert legal guidance of Stacy Pimlott in 2022, raising a claim for Military Induced Hearing Loss.

During his service our client was deployed to multiple locations around the world including.

  • Bosnia (1999)
  • Northern Ireland (various deployments between (2000 – 2003)
  • Afghanistan (2011 – 2012)
  • Numerous exercises in the UK, Canada, Belize, Germany, and Kenya.

Furthermore, our client was part of nine different Barracks spanning from 1997-2019.

Our Client’s Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss

During his service our client experienced extensive noise exposure resulting from numerous range days and diverse military duties. These activities encompass a wide range of weapon systems, including rifles, grenades, and simulated battlefield explosions. Additionally, he was subjected to mortar firing and bombs for extended periods. Sometimes these lasted up to two weeks. These exposures often occurred during night exercises simulating defensive positions, where the client faced simulated enemy attacks with grenades and gunfire.

He believes that he was mostly exposed to noise on mortar detail. As a commander he had to wear a headset which resulted in no hearing protection. When he was not the commander, he would have to take the hearing protection out of one ear to attempt hearing what the commander was telling him whilst firing the mortar. Additionally, he would have to fire over 100 mortar bombs per details, and he would be part of 4 to 5 details per day for up to 2 weeks at a time.

The client would be either between or next to the firing point or 1m away from it. He recalls having vibration feelings in his ears for around 30 minutes after finishing a detail. Furthermore, he recalls that rifle fire and grenade blast sounds seemed louder when training in the training houses as they were empty shells and the volume of the blast’s echoes.

Inadequate Hearing Protection

During our client’s service, hearing protection has been available to him, and worn when available. However, our client alleges that the hearing protection was inadequate, and the noise was still loud despite wearing the PPE and as previously alluded to and he was encouraged to remove it to hear his commander.

Our client underwent regular hearing tests annually where he was advised that he was fit for duty. The results of the test are not shown to the client, nor has he had further discussions with occupational health as a result until the last 12 months.

Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claim Resolution

Expert solicitor, Stacy Pimlott undertook the case. 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 to Graham Cox. A further report from an audiologist was also requested in relation to the provision of hearing aids.

With the expert legal guidance of our military/industrial disease solicitor, Stacy Pimlott our client secured a substantial settlement of £45,000. This compensation recognises the impact of the client’s dedicated service and the resulting industrial disease.

This case study underscores the importance of implementing consistent and comprehensive protective measures to safeguard the well-being of military personnel. It also emphasises the need for proactive measures to address the long-term consequences of occupational hazards such as hearing loss among servicemen.

Making a Claim for Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss

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