A former Royal Marine has been awarded over £545,000 in compensation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in relation to military hearing loss claim as a result of exposure to excessive noise.
The Marine had originally been claiming over £1.25 million, in what was seen by many as a landmark case.
The former Marine claimed that his military hearing loss had been caused by his prolonged exposure to noise from thousands of rounds of ammunition, helicopters and aircraft and a range of weapons during his 14 years of service. He claimed that he was not given the correct hearing protection during his service and is now required to wear hearing aids for the rest of his life. He also intended to work his entire career within the military, however, he was medically discharged and his time in the military was cut short due to his damaged hearing.
Latest Government figures show that military related claims for hearing loss are now the most common type of claim against the MoD for financial compensation.
Are you worried your hearing has been damaged in the military?
The military solicitors at Nigel Askew Solicitors have noticed a considerable increase in the number of military personnel enquiring about military hearing loss claims over the last 12 months.
Some of the most common sources of noise which feature in many of the enquiries we have received over the past 12 months include:
- Firing weapons during training exercises
- Working around military vehicle engines
- Aircraft and helicopter noise
- Explosions in training scenarios
If you were exposed to excessive noise during the course of your employment in the Armed Forces and were not provided with any or sufficient hearing protection then you may be entitled to make a claim for military hearing loss.
We are able to advise all members of the Armed Forces, including Army, RAF, Navy, Marines and Special Forces personnel.
Contact our Military hearing loss experts
If you are worried about your exposure to noise in the military and have noticed your hearing deteriorate then please contact us today. There are strict time limits in place when it comes to making a claim for military hearing loss so we recommend you contact us as soon as possible.
We have many years experience in advising members of the Armed Forces in claims for military hearing loss and are able to advise you on the prospects of a claim today.
For a free and no obligation consultation regarding your military hearing loss claim, please call us on 01507 609027 or submit an online enquiry using the form on this page (please indicate a convenient time for us to call you).