Working in the armed forces is an incredibly dangerous profession, with soldiers potentially experiencing hazardous situations on a daily basis. However, this does not mean that superiors should take the issue of safety lightly. Consequently, if your hearing has been damaged due to the negligence of another individual, Seth Lovis & Co could help you claim compensation.
Is the military the loudest occupation?
Out of all the various occupations in the UK, the military is arguably one of loudest. For example, the sound of a discharging firearm or medium sized explosion can register at approximately 140dB.
To put that into perspective, other industries in Britain must adhere to the requirements of The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 and implement suitable protective measures when staff members are exposed to noises greater than 85dB.
Adhering to this limit is vital as – according to the NHS – repeatedly coming into contact with sounds louder than 85dB can cause permanent hearing damage.
Therefore, if soldiers are routinely being exposed to noises registering at around 140dB, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) should strive to prevent these individuals from suffering adverse effects. Sadly, the findings of a report suggest that many personnel are developing problems such as hearing loss, tinnitus, or even complete deafness.
How many soldiers suffer from hearing loss?
In 2009, The Guardian newspaper published an article online which revealed that many Afghanistan veterans had suffered damage to their ears while participating in the conflict. For instance, out of approximately 1,250 Royal Marine commandos dispatched to the region, 69% reportedly sustained some degree of hearing loss due to loud noises on the battlefield.
As this alarming figure suggests that the MoD is failing to adequately prevent its personnel from suffering damage to their ears, a spokesman for Deafness Research UK claimed that the charity was collaborating with the organisation in order to remedy this "systemic" and "endemic" problem.
Although those in combat situations might be more likely than other personnel to sustain damage to their ears, individuals fulfilling other roles could also be at risk of developing hearing loss. Some military staff might use loud machinery, be in close proximity to low-flying aircraft, or could detonate explosives in training exercises.
Yet, hearing loss in the military is not restricted to British personnel. According to estimates from the American Tinnitus Association, more than 1.5 million United States veterans could be receiving compensation for this particular condition.
Can I claim for hearing loss in the military?
If you developed hearing loss while serving in the military, you might be entitled to claim compensation through Seth Lovis & Co.
Sadly, in many cases, conditions such as tinnitus cannot be cured. Instead, any forms of therapy are usually designed to help an individual live with his or her condition. However, following a successful army hearing loss compensation claim, any funds awarded can provide rehabilitation fees or reimburse lost earnings.
To find out if you could benefit from the services of Seth Lovis & Co, please contact us today on 0370 218 4025 or fill in an online enquiry form.