No win, no fee military hearing loss compensation claims
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Military hearing loss compensation
Whether you’re a serving member of the Armed Forces or a veteran; if you have noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) or hearing damage as a result of carrying out your duties, you are entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.
Your injury may have been cause by noise from:
- Gun & artillery fire (including spending time on ranges).
- Vehicle engines.
You can make a civil claim for compensation or claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).
Specialist military injury lawyers
Our military claims lawyers will consider the merits of your case when discussing your army hearing loss injuries and the impact on your future life and advise on the best legal route to pursue.
Although civil claims can’t be pursued for injuries suffered in combat, you maybe able to pursue a noise induced hearing loss claim if your injuries were due to negligence as a result of:
- Being provided with unsafe equipment.
- A lack of training or training accidents.
- Unsafe working practices.
- Clinically negligent treatment.
- Military accidents.
Military injuries damages to reflect impact on lives
It’s estimated around 300,000 ex-armed forces personnel in the UK suffer from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and tinnitus.
Being exposed to hazardous noise levels can end military careers and can have long-lasting effects in civilian life too. NIHL is a physical disability and may also impact a person’s long-term mental health.
Making a civil military negligence injury claim for military hearing loss compensation entitles you to seek damages for more than just the injury itself. It will also consider the impact of that injury on each aspect of your life.
Our expert personal injury solicitors will seek damages to cover past and future loss of earnings and pensions, loss of career prospects and promotions as well as the cost of future care. We will also seek to secure interim payments.
The maximum amounts payable under the AFCS for temporary hearing loss is £6,180 and for total deafness in both ears is £484,100. In civil claims there are no payment caps on maximum damages.
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How to make a military injury claim
Make a claim in six easy steps
Free Initial Advice
Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.
We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.
Letter Of Claim
We will send a letter to your opponent with details of your claim, setting out why we think they are at fault.
Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports
We will request copies of your medical records and instruct a medical expert to prepare a report about the extent of your injuries.
Prepare Claim Valuation
We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.
We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.
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What is Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)?
Noise induced hearing loss is a condition where structures and/or nerve fibres in the inner ear that respond to sound are damaged.
This type of hearing loss, termed “noise-induced hearing loss,” is usually caused by exposure to excessively loud sounds and cannot be medically or surgically corrected.
NIHL can be caused by one-time or repeated exposure to noise levels over 85 decibels.
UK military personnel can be affected by NIHL as a result of explosions and the discharge of weapons during their military service.
NIHL is a physical disability and it can also affect a person’s long-term mental health and you may be entitled to armed forces hearing loss compensation.
What are the symptoms of noise induced hearing loss?
- Speech and other sounds seem muffled.
- Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds such as a phone.
- Trouble understanding conversations when you are in a noisy place.
- Trouble understanding speech over the phone.
- Trouble hearing difference between letters s and f, p and t, or sh and th.
- Asking others to speak more slowly and clearly or more loudly.
- Turning up the volume of the television or radio.
- Ringing in the ears also known as Tinnitus.
- Hypersensitivity to certain sounds which can cause pain.
How do you prove military hearing loss?
If you believe you have suffered hearing loss as a result of serving in the Armed Forces your hearing can be tested using an audiogram or an audiometry test. These will display your ability to hear certain types of sound that are essential to functional hearing.
Our military injury legal experts are vastly experienced in working closely with medical professionals to ensure your hearing loss is fully diagnosed.
Can I claim for hearing loss in the Army?
For a successful civil claim against the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for NIHL, due to being exposed to excessive noise, you will need to prove you have suffered hearing loss.
In civil claims it will also be necessary to prove that it was caused by negligence: usually a failure to provide you with adequate protection and to regularly monitor your hearing.
If your hearing wasn’t adequately monitored, and you were not subsequently protected from further dangerous levels of noise, that may have resulted in you being medically discharged or medically downgraded and thereby experiencing financial loss.
Why seek civil damages rather than compensation through the AFCS scheme?
At Hudgell Solicitors our military injury experts can assess the details of your claim and advise you on which course of legal action to take for the maximum compensation award available.
Civil negligence claims are not limited to a maximum compensation amount, unlike the AFCS scheme, and can therefore often lead to higher awards. These claims also consider loss of past earnings, future earnings capacity and pension loss amongst other heads of loss.
We therefore strongly advise using our expert team of military injury lawyers should you be considering applying directly to the AFCS scheme as 30% of claims without legal support are rejected.
Our expertise is provided on a no win no fee basis and we will ensure your application to the AFCS clearly evidences your injuries, and the impact of them.
For the more serious hearing loss injuries achieving a certain level of damages, claimants can also be awarded a tax-free monthly payment (Guaranteed Income Payments) paid from the end of military service for life, which is calculated as a percentage of their salary.
Our team of expert military injury solicitors can also help in contesting compensation offers made through the AFCS, as we can advise on the level of damages which we feel should be offered, and whether we feel awards should be contested.
We can also request ‘exceptional reviews’ of (AFCS) damages awards when a military injury unexpectedly deteriorates, or should further problems develop beyond those anticipated, years after an award has been made.
How much compensation could I receive for a military noise induced hearing loss claim?
In a civil claim the amount of compensation you receive for military noise induced hearing loss will depend on the severity of your injury. Other details that will be considered are your age and the impact your hearing loss will have on your future earnings and loss of promotions or pensions.
How long do I have to make a claim?
Civil military injury compensation claims usually have to be started within a three-year time limit from the injury being suffered. However, there are a number of situations and circumstances under which this time limit can be extended, so it is advisable to seek legal advice even if you feel you may be out of time.
AFCS claims have a time limit of 7 years.
Will my military injury claim need to be heard in court?
It is rare for military injury claims to go to trial and most cases settle out of court. Settlements are funded by a specific Ministry of Defence budget for those who have suffered injuries due to negligence.
Will making an injury claim against the MOD affect my future military career negatively?
This is often a concern raised by those who suffer an injury which is not career-ending, but the MOD is not allowed to discriminate against personnel who bring compensation claims against it after an injury, much like claims against employers for injuries suffered in civilian workplaces.
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