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Military Deafness Claims

The Royal British Legion estimates around 300,000 ex-armed forces personnel suffer from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and tinnitus.  Being surrounded by loud noises on a regular basis may seem like an obvious consequence of serving in the Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force. However, the Ministry of Defence owe a duty of care to servicemen and women, like any other employer.

Can You Claim?

Many of those who have served in the armed forces may already be aware of how to claim for the injuries they have sustained in service – for example, through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pension Scheme. However, the qualification threshold for these schemes is difficult to meet and as a result many ex-forces personnel are not compensated for their injuries.

You may claim civil compensation in addition to these payments if your noise exposure was caused by negligence and/or breach of statutory duty. Even if you are still serving, or served before 1987 when Crown Immunity was still in force, or your application for the above schemes has been rejected, you may still be entitled to compensation.

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is often not immediately apparent and can be so gradual that you may not even realise that you have been a victim of noise induced hearing loss.

It is surprising how many men and women state that the first time they noticed the problem was after continually being told off by their loved ones for not listening or having the TV volume too loud. Sufferers may have to ask people to repeat themselves especially in crowded rooms. They may also suffer from ringing, whooshing, humming or buzzing in the ears (Tinnitus) and even pain in their ears when around loud noises  (Hyperacusis) – like being in a room with the hoover on.

Contact Us

If you are affected by any of the above or you know someone who may be suffering from hearing loss, please contact us or text Legal Forces to 67777 and we will contact you by telephone.

If we believe that you have a good case we may act for you on a no win no fee basis.