Navy Veteran’s Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claim

Navy Veteran's Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claim
LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott
Case by: LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott Updated:

Client’s Background

The client enlisted the expert legal guidance of Stacy Pimlott, raising a claim for Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss.

Our client was employed as an AB Steward to Leading Steward from 1991 to 1999 where she served within the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRENS). Our client was based on numerous ships throughout her employment, namely:

  • 1991 HMS Raleigh
  • 1992 HMS Cochrane
  • 1992-1993 HMS Campbeltown
  • 1994 HMS Culdrose
  • 1996-1997 HMS Liverpool
  • 1998 HMS Warrior (Northwood)
  • 1998-1999 HMS Illustrious
  • 1999 HMS Warrior

Exposure to Loud Noise Throughout Our Client’s Navy Employment

During her employment within the navy, our client confirmed that she would be exposed to noise from the following:

  • Firing ranges – the rifles were fired right next to her ear.
  • SA80 rifles – these were right next to her head when being used.
  • Helicopters and aircrafts taking off and landing – these would occur both during the day and the night as and when they were required.
  • 45 gun being fired – these would be fired at action stations with our client being within the first aid and firefighting within the officers mess therefore she was also close to the gun.
  • Generators running 24/7
  • The ships internal tannoy system – Our client confirms that the tannoy system ran constantly and would be only a metre away from her head whilst she was in her bunk. Our client is also 5 foot 10 inches and as such would be close to this given that the bulkheads were approximately 2 metres high.
  • The wrens’ messes were to the rear of the shop and just below the flight deck, so flight activity was heard constantly 24/7.

Consistent Exposure to Military Noise

In respect of the rifle training, our client recalls that this took place regularly. However, she is unsure how many rounds they would have to fire. She recalls that there were 3 to 4 different positions that they would fire in at different distances, but she did not know how many rounds each position would require them to fire.

When on HMS Liverpool and HMS Campbeltown, our client recalls that the noise was primarily from the helicopters taking off and landing. When on the HMS Illustrious and the HMS Culdrose, it was both helicopters and military planes that would produce the noise when taking off and landing.

Furthermore, the tannoy system was on 24/7 in the ships and had a variation of voices, alarms and sirens that would be heard loudly through the speakers. This was, as previously aforementioned, around 1 metre away from her bed/head throughout the day and night.

Inadequate Hearing Protection

Our client recalls that ear defenders were provided during basic training ranges. However, these were not provided outside of this. Additionally, she believes that there were small rubber ear plugs provided for use after basic training, but these were just standard issue and were provided only on joining. The ear defenders were only compulsory on the ranges, but our client recalls hearing the guns firing through these. As such, these were inadequate for purpose.

Our client does recall possibly having some hearing tests throughout her service but is unsure of ever being provided with any of the results.

Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claim Resolution

AWH’s expert solicitor, Stacy Pimlott undertook the case and a medical report was obtained in evidence and support of his condition of Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss and tinnitus due to service from Graham Cox. A report was not required from an audiologist in this matter as she had no advancement for hearing aids which meant a lower value claim.

With the expert legal guidance of our military/industrial disease solicitor, Stacy Pimlott our client secured a substantial settlement of £15,000. This compensation recognises the impact of the client’s dedicated service and the resulting industrial disease.

Making a Claim for Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss

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