Although it is often thought of as a condition associated with loud industries, hearing loss is a particular issue amongst military service men and women.
The numbers of serving troops who have suffered hearing loss in the line of duty has increased in recent years as soldiers have admitted to removing earplugs that would otherwise protect their hearing against the noise of battle as they are felt to reduce awareness of orders and activity around the unit.
Many soldiers who have returned home due to serious cases of industrial deafness and tinnitus have decided to pursue hearing loss claims against the government. The majority of these types of cases are often settled out of court, with millions of pounds paid out in compensation to thousands of soldiers who had not had their hearing sufficiently protected.
Army officers are obligated to ensure all military personnel are provided with adequate hearing protection if exposed to loud noises in training and combat.
However if earplugs are removed in battle, this may be held to introduce the question of whether soldiers are contributing to the damage to their hearing, or whether the Army have not given sufficient instruction on the necessity to use the protective gear.
If you have sufficient evidence to prove the Army is responsible for failing to provide hearing protection, or ordering the removal of ear plugs in battle, they could be held accountable in a hearing loss compensation claim.
If you are a member of the military, navy, or air force and have suffered hearing loss due to a lack of protection, we could help you make your claim.
YouClaim’s solicitors are experienced in handling many types of industrial illness cases on behalf of military staff and have a high success rate of reclaiming damages to help victims pay for future expenses including medical care and treatment.
To enquire call us today on 0800 10 757 95, or you can reach a hearing loss specialist through our online chat facility.
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