Military Hearing Loss Claims
Working in a noisy environment can lead to reduced hearing, tinnitus or even complete hearing loss. To say serving in the armed forces is a noisy environment would be understatement. Serving for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces deserves pride and praise, but unfortunately, the often long-lasting effects of working in such an environment can greatly impact your health. Luckily, our team of specialist solicitors are here to provide on-going guidance, expert advice and representation to military veterans to secure the hearing loss compensation you deserve.
Military deafness is a form of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), usually caused by the intense exposure to noises from weapons, armoury and explosive devices. However, reduced hearing can also stem from the continuous exposure to airplane engine noises, helicopter rotor blades, shipboard machinery and even faulty communication devices. While the effects of Noise Induced Hearing Loss can be immediate, they can also build up gradually and take time to develop. When symptoms develop, they can be permanent or temporary and range in the level of severity. The common ground that all these cases share is the veterans who suffer from military deafness are expected to have protection and prevention from the deterioration of their hearing.
Just like all employers, the Ministry of Defence has a duty to comply with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Therefore, when noise levels reach a point that they begin to damage your hearing or pose a threat of conditions such as hyperacusis and tinnitus, steps should be taken to provide protection against it. When it’s clear that not enough has been done to protect you from hearing loss while you were on active duty, help should be sought from trained legal professionals who can help you process a claim against the MoD.
Why choose IBB for Military Hearing Loss Claims?
At IBB Claims, we are passionate about claiming compensation for clients who have served in the armed forces and had their hearing impaired as a result. We understand the hardships and difficulties military personnel experience every day in their roles, so if we can help to improve their lives through securing military hearing loss compensation, we will do it at all costs and you can rely on our solicitors to keep your best interests in mind when negotiating a settlement.
Do I have a military hearing loss claim?
If you were employed as a serving member of the armed forces after June 1987 and have been exposed to dangerous noise levels resulting from lack of protection, we may be able to secure military hearing loss compensation on your behalf. As with most personal injury cases, you will have to prove that the deterioration of your hearing was a direct response to your working environment during the time you served. Where steps were not taken in monitoring sound levels or providing safety equipment that could have protected you from the high levels of noise and there is sufficient proof to establish this, our solicitors will help you in processing a claim against the Ministry of Defence.
If you wish to claim compensation due to negligence from the MoD, you should seek advice from a legal professional with experience in military hearing loss claims at the earliest possible time. We recommend that you begin making a claim within three years of the date of knowledge. That means, from the moment you discover the link between your time in the service and your hearing loss, you should look to begin the process of making a claim within the following three years.
What is the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme?
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has several compensation schemes for armed forces personnel who have been injured while serving for their country. These schemes as administered by Veterans UK and were put in place to offer current or past army personnel a fair amount of compensation if their quality of life was impacted by their service.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme offers compensation to those who developed illnesses or injuries from their time in the armed forces on or after April 2005. This compensation is known as no-fault compensation, which means the Ministry of Defence are able to pay a certain amount in a settlement without accepting liability for your injuries. Any army personnel currently serving or who has formerly served is eligible to make a claim as well as partners and children in cases of service-related death.
If you are granted an AFCS Award, you are still able to claim against the MoD for negligent practices. While you will not be given the amount laid out in the award twice, it may be the case that your compensation claim is worth more than the AFCS Award when taken further. In all circumstances, our military hearing loss solicitors will take the time to assess your situation and decide whether or not your claim will be viable. We will also be up front in providing a rough estimation of the amount of compensation you should receive if your claim is successful.
How much compensation could I receive for my hearing loss?
While there is no exact figure for how much compensation you could receive for military hearing loss, your settlement will be calculated by the severity of your hearing loss and the impact it has on the quality of your life. For example, a member of the armed forces who suffered from complete hearing loss after being subjected to noises higher than 85 decibels (the level widely agreed as dangerous) on a continual basis would be able to secure a considerable amount as they must make drastic alterations and adaptations to their life in order to cope with deafness. It is our promise to you to be up front from day one, and after assessing your military hearing loss claim; we will provide you with an estimation of how much we believe your claim is worth.
What is the process of making a claim for hearing loss?
The first step is to seek the advice of a legal professional with specialist knowledge in military hearing loss claims. Our first step is to gain an in-depth understanding of your situation, and build a strong evidence-based claim. We will do this by seeking the assistance of medical experts and former military personnel to establish the causation between your hearing loss and your time in the service. After an assessment of your medical records and carefully piecing together a timeline of events, we’ll have a strong claim to bring against the MoD for failing to provide protection from what is clearly a dangerous environment.
How long will it take for me to receive compensation from the MOD?
The timeframe involved in military hearing loss claims against the MoD can vary in length depending on the circumstances. If the MoD accept liability and agree to pay a settlement to compensate for your suffering, our solicitors will ensure the process is as quick and painless as possible for you, securing your compensation and allowing you to move on. The timeframe involved with making a claim can be affected if the MoD denies liability; however, rest assured that in the event they do, our experience and knowledge in this sector best places us to tactically negotiate a fair settlement that has your best interests at heart. If there is any reason your claim is taking longer to process than usual, we’ll keep you updated at each stage so you know exactly what’s going on at all times.
Will I have to go to court to make my hearing loss claim?
Not necessarily. Only 5% of military hearing loss claims against the Ministry of Defence end up in court, and if you have a strong fact-based claim, the chances are that a fair settlement will be negotiated away from the courtroom. However, in the unlikely event that your military hearing loss claim is litigated, our experience in providing skilful advice and representation for our clients at each stage means you can rely on us to secure your desired outcome.
At IBB Claims, we believe that all employees should be protected in the work-place from noises that could cause long-term damage. When serving in the armed forces, loud noises are just part of the job. From weaponry to machinery, army personnel are exposed to a dangerous level of sound on a daily basis. However, though it may be part of the job, it’s the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence to provide adequate protection against military hearing loss.
To begin your claim, contact one of our military hearing loss solicitors today on 0333 323 1631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.