We specialise in Military Deafness
The effects of being exposed to excessive noise in the military, without being issued with sufficient PPE can be devastating to your hearing. Military Deafness is one of most common types of enquiry we receive from members of the Armed Forces and are often asked “can I claim for Military Deafness?” and “how much does it cost to make a deafness claim?”, so we have put together this page which we hope will answer lots of questions relating to military deafness.
If you would like to speak with one of our specialist solicitors then please call us today on 01507 609027 or submit your name and contact information using the form on this page and one of the military deafness team will contact you to discuss your claim in more detail.
Claims for Military Deafness
Our military deafness claim solicitors speak to hundreds of military personnel every year relating to deafness and tinnitus claims.
If your hearing has been damaged during service in the Army, Navy, RAF or Special Forces then we can advise you on the prospects of a claim.
We aim to make the process of claiming as straightforward as we can, starting with a free initial consultation.
How do claims for military deafness work?
Every new claim starts with an initial phone consultation.
Our military deafness claim solicitors will start by taking a detailed account of your military career to establish when and where you have been exposed to noise. We will ask you about the PPE you were supplied with and whether it was fit for purpose and if you were made to wear it at all times.
We will ask you about your symptoms, when they first started and whether you have had hearing tests.
We will also ask you about whether you have been medically downgraded or discharged.
Due to our many years of experience, we will be able to quickly establish the prospects of a successful claim during an initial phone call so contact us today to find out if we can help you claim compensation for hearing problems. Call us on 01507 609027 now.
What are time limits for claiming for Military Deafness?
The law in England & Wales states that there is a 3 year claim period from the date you first linked your symptoms with your work.
You may have been exposed to noise for many years and over a long period of time so it’s vital you contact us today to discuss a claim to ensure your claim does not fall outside this strict claim period.
How much can I claim?
Every claim for military deafness is different, each with its own set of circumstances and legal challenges.
The amount you can expect to claim depends on the severity of your symptoms and whether you have suffered financially as a result. For example, if you had intended on a career in the military which has been cut short due to a medical discharge, your earning capacity in civilian life may be less than it was in the military.
Compensation awards can vary dramatically, from £25,000 to in excess of a million pounds. To see if you can claim compensation for deafness caused from exposure to noise during your military career contact Nigel Askew Solicitors today.
Military Deafness Claims we have won
During the last 20 years we have helped hundreds of clients win compensation in claims for personal injury. We have particular expertise in complex and high value claims, including claims for military deafness.
One of the most notable military deafness claims our lawyers have been responsible for is the case study below.
Army client awarded over £600,000 in compensation
We helped a member of the Army with a civil claim for compensation for his injuries and loss of earnings resulting from military related hearing loss.
The client was exposed to significant weapon noise during his Army career, from when he worked as a gunner during his early Army career in the late 1990’s to later when he was employed as the Training Corporal for a tour in Afghanistan where he was responsible for training soldiers on the HMG and GMG. He was later appointed as the Range Conducting Officer (RCO) for all the ranges due to holding a Field Firing Skill at Arms Qualification.
He was provided with various types of hearing protection over the years, which was not always worn and not always effective.
He wore the hearing protection as much as he could, however they were not very good when it came to louder noises such as grenades. Also, if he couldn’t get someone’s attention or if someone was shouting at him during a training exercise, he would always remove them to have that conversation. This was a common occurrence and everybody would remove their hearing protection when speaking.
Following a number of hearing tests, he became aware that he had sustained hearing loss but wasn’t sure why. Despite the results of these tests he was deployed on further tours. Upon his return he noticed that his hearing had deteriorated considerably and reported this to the MoD. He was ultimately discharged from the Army on medical grounds.
His medical discharge left him with limited options in the outside civilian world as he had intended to spend his entire career in the Army and was planning on applying to be commissioned as an officer.
In the outside civilian world he works a self-employed tiler, earning considerably less money than had he still been employed by the army.
Today, he must wear 2 hearing aids and despite this he still finds it difficult to have conversations and to speak on the phone, especially if there is background noise present. His hearing loss has caused him to really struggle, physically and mentally.
Our lawyers were able to secure him a compensation award of just over £600,000 in full and final settlement of his claim.
If this client story resonates with you, we urge you to contact us today to discuss a potential claim.
Contact our Military deafness solicitors today
If you are worried about your hearing as a result of exposure to noise in the military then please contact us today. There are strict time limits in place when it comes to making a military deafness claim so we recommend you contact us as soon as possible.
The military team at Nigel Askew Solicitors have over 20 years of experience in representing clients in high value and complex personal injury claims and are on hand to speak to you now.
For a free and no obligation consultation regarding your military deafness claim, please call us on 01507 609027 or submit an online enquiry using the form on this page and indicate the most convenient time for us to reach you your phone number.
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