Introduction to claiming compensation
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been facing criticism in recent years for its handling of compensation claims for Armed Forces hearing loss. In many cases, Veterans have had their claims denied or have been offered only a fraction of the compensation they are entitled to.
If you or a loved one has served in the armed forces and is suffering from hearing loss, it is important to know your rights and what you can do to get the compensation you deserve. This article will provide an overview of the process of claiming for NIHL, as well as some tips on how to make a successful claim.
What is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is caused by exposure to loud noises over a long period of time. Hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and even balance problems can result from permanent damage to the delicate inner structures of the ear. NIHL can be caused by a single loud noise, such as an explosion, or by exposure to loud noise over time, such as on military aircraft.
The UK Ministry of Defence’s Approach to Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
In recent years, the MoD has faced criticism for its handling of claims for noise-induced hearing loss. The MoD has been accused of refusing to acknowledge the link between exposure to loud noises in the military and NIHL, and of denying or underpaying compensation claims. The MoD has also been accused of not properly monitoring noise levels on military aircraft or taking enough steps to protect soldiers from excessively loud noise.
Claim Compensation Through Military Claims UK
If you served in the Armed Forces after May 15th, 1987, and you have never claimed compensation with us or another firm before, Military Claims UK can help. An individual’s exact entitlement depends on their circumstances, but on average, someone who wins a noise-induced hearing loss claim will receive £11,000*.
Why Can’t I Claim Compensation If I Left The Armed Forces Before 15th May 1987?
On 15th May 1987, the Ministry of Defence became liable for military accident claims, overturning the previous exemption which was laid out in the Crown Proceedings Act 1947. An individual can claim compensation if they can demonstrate that the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force were responsible for their injuries or illnesses.
What If You Have Already Suffered From Hearing Loss?
In the event that you have already suffered hearing loss as a result of your service in the armed forces, you may be eligible for compensation. Our team of expert audiologists will evaluate the circumstances of your hearing loss to determine if it was caused by exposure to loud environments during service. In order to prove that your hearing loss is caused by military service, you may also need to provide additional evidence, such as medical records.
What If I Have Claimed With Another Firm, But I’m Not Happy With How Much I Received?
In the event you have already claimed with another firm and received a payout, you will not be able to claim this payment again. Ask the team you have chosen to represent you why you may be receiving a smaller amount, and ask any other questions you feel you need answers to.
How Can I Prevent Further Hearing Loss?
Limiting your exposure to loud noise is the best way to prevent further hearing loss. When working in a noisy environment, you should wear ear protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs. Make sure you take regular breaks from loud noises to rest your ears.
Those who suffer from noise-induced hearing loss deserve to be fairly compensated for their loss, as it can be a serious and debilitating condition. Military Claims UK provides lump sum payments to members of the military who have suffered NIHL. Knowing your rights is critical if you have suffered hearing loss as a result of your service, so you can receive the compensation you deserve. To help you with that, we’re here to help! Get in touch with one of our experts today.