Military Hearing Loss Claims

According to reports made by The Royal British Legion there are an estimated 300,000 ex-military now suffering with military related hearing loss.  Large numbers of ex-serviceman from the Army, RAF, Navy and Special Forces are seeking legal advice for claims for military hearing loss and tinnitus.

Our solicitors specialise in claims for military hearing loss.  We represent both ex-military and current service men and women for claims against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for negligence.  If you are currently serving in the military or have been medically discharged or downgraded then please get in contact with us today regarding a claim by calling 01507 609027.  

Compensation Claims for Military Hearing Loss

The solicitors at Nigel Askew have many years experience in dealing with military related hearing loss claims. Our solicitors have a proven track record of success and have been responsible for several military hearing loss claims which have settled for sums in excess of £600,000.

  • We are experts in military hearing loss claims for compensation
  • We have a proven track record of winning military hearing loss claims for our clients
  • If you have a claim, it will be funded on a 'No Win, No Fee' basis
  • We will work as hard as we can to secure the highest award possible on your behalf
  • Free and no obligation initial discussion regarding your potential claim
  • Will attend clients personally at their homes to take witness statements, of if they are still serving in the Armed Forces, at locations close to their barracks.

To discuss your potential claim with us, call us on 01507 609027 or submit an online enquiry form using the form on this page and one of our friendly solicitors will call you at your convenience (please indicate when best for us to call you).

Have You Been Exposed to Noise in the Military?

If you were exposed to excessive noise during the course of your employment in the Armed Forces, including the Army, RAF, Navy or Special Forces and you were not provided with any or sufficient hearing protection then you may be entitled to make a claim for military hearing loss.

There are many sources of noise in the Armed Forces but in our experience some of the most damaging to hearing may include:

  • Firing weapons during training sessions on firing ranges
  • Live-fire training exercises
  • Mortars
  • Aircraft noise
  • Vehicle engine noise
  • Explosions in training scenarios

The Law

The Ministry of Defence is an employer that must comply with Health and Safety Regulations, and like all employers, follow the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 and the piece of legislation that preceded this, the Noise at Work Regulations 1989.  They must do this in the same way as any other business in the private sector.

Members of the Armed Forces are entitled to protection from levels of noise that have the potential to cause damage to their hearing, including the development of tinnitus.

There are of course some environments where noise levels will exceed the recommended thresholds however when this is the case, the relevant Health and Safety legislation makes it clear that steps should be taken to reduce noise and provide hearing protection.

Excessive Noise over 85dB

If you are exposed to regular noise of over 85db without using hearing protection then you are likely to develop hearing damage or permanent loss.

If you are exposed to short bursts of extremely loud noise, which exceeds 120dB, then there is risk of sudden and immediate hearing loss. Like any employer, the Ministry of Defence must provide correct, sufficient and effective hearing protection to all employees. The MoD is also required to ensure that hearing protection is worn and not removed.

If you are experiencing hearing loss and believe this may be as a result of exposure during employment with the MoD, then please contact us today to discuss a military hearing loss compensation claim.

Exposure Before 1987 = No Claim

If you were in the military and exposed to excessive noise before May 1987, you will not be able to claim compensation for your military hearing loss. This is due to legal technicalities under the Crown Proceedings Act which prevent making of any such claims.

Front Line Combat Immunity

Where serving members of the Armed Forces sustain hearing damage as a result of front line combat, the Ministry of Defence has immunity from liability for claims. There are some exceptions to this front line combat immunity rule so please contact us to discuss your exposure.

Time Limits in making Hearing Loss Claims

There are strict time limits in place when it comes to making claims for military hearing loss. This limitation period is 3 years from the injury date or as in most cases, 3 years of becoming aware that your hearing was damaged by exposure to noise.

If you are unsure about whether you can claim due to a limitation issue, we would encourage you to call our solicitors who are experts in this complex area of law.  

Contact Nigel Askew Solicitors today

For a free and no obligation consultation regarding your military hearing loss, 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).