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Deafness or Hearing Loss Claims

DPP Law’s armed forces solicitors specialise in military hearing loss claims. Losing your hearing can be very troubling, but the team at DPP will provide sensitive support. If you or a loved one plan to claim compensation for hearing problems developed while in the armed forces, contact us on 0333 200 5859 for advice.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is required to uphold a duty of care on behalf of all UK military personnel. This came into effect under the Crown Proceedings (Armed Force) Act 1987. The legislation repealed Section 10 of the 1947 Crown Proceedings Act.

Many people develop NIHL (Noise-Induced Hearing Loss) or other hearing damage while in the military. If this has happened to you, it may mean that MoD has not correctly met the required standards of health and safety.

In this scenario, it is likely that you will be able to claim disability compensation. This will provide you with peace of mind and help you to afford equipment to assist you as you adapt to any changes.

If you or someone you know works in the military services, experiencing noise exposure will be more likely than it would be for a civilian.

How our military hearing loss claims solicitors can help you

Struggling with hearing loss can have a significant impact on your quality of life. The military claims experts at DPP Law can help you and your loved ones receive the compensation you need.

Our solicitors are highly experienced in bringing cases against the MoD. If you, or someone you know, suffers from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, we can help you to claim for:

Lack of training when working in an environment featuring dangerous noise exposure
Lack of suitable equipment for protection against high frequency or intense noise
Medical diagnosis failures, such as a delay in diagnosing your condition – causing it to worsen – or an incorrect diagnosis

If the affected individual is unable to continue their career in the military – and may struggle to find other work – they should be compensated for loss of earnings.

The payout should also cover matters such as health care costs and the support of family members. We will help you fight to ensure that you are fully compensated for all losses.

Along with the above services, our solicitors can advise you on:

We can also help you to navigate the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have NIHL?

Symptoms of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss include:

  • The perceived muffling or dampening of sounds
  • A buzzing sound in your ears (either one or both; this may be more apparent at night)
  • Difficulty hearing people who are talking to you or near you
  • Having to increase the volume on televisions, radios and other devices

Tinnitus is another condition that can be caused by exposure to excessive noise. Its most common symptoms are ringing, hissing, roaring or whistling in one or both ears.

What Is The Claims Process For Military Hearing Loss?

This depends on the route you take. If you intend to claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme – whether on behalf of yourself or a loved one – you can start the process by filling in this form from gov.uk.

We strongly advise you to consult with legal specialists before doing this.

If you wish to make a civil personal injury claim, you should first find an experienced lawyer or solicitor to represent you. They will send a letter of claim on your behalf and help you to gather evidence to prepare for the negotiation of a settlement.

It is likely that you will require recent medical evidence to prove the extent of your condition. For this reason, the conducting of hearing tests and other examinations may be necessary.

Whatever the nature of your hearing impairment – and however it impacts your life – the armed forces solicitors at DPP Law can help you to make a claim.

When getting in touch, remember to include as much information as possible so that we can consider whether you may have a claim.

We know it is difficult to adapt to hearing loss. A claim for compensation should not add to the stress you may already be feeling. All the details you offer our solicitors will remain confidential, and we promise to treat your case with great care and sensitivity.

Contact us immediately on 0333 200 5859. – whatever the time of day or night – or fill in our online contact form.

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