If a member of the armed forces suffers personal injury or develops an illness during the line of duty, he or she may be able to receive damages through the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA).
Although those investigating how to claim military disability compensation may find the process challenging – and might also wish to seek advice from a specialist Seth Lovis & Co army accident solicitor – the SPVA should be able to help personnel receive recompense for a number of different conditions, including tinnitus.
According to the NHS, tinnitus sufferers usually hear sounds seemingly originating from inside their own head. Although the majority of patients will describe a ringing noise, others may hear buzzing, whistling, humming, or even music. These symptoms can sometimes be so severe that they may adversely affect a sufferer's quality of life.
Unfortunately, in many cases, there is no cure. Instead, many forms of treatment are designed to minimise the effects of tinnitus and to help sufferers control their conditions.
In the United States military, it has been claimed that 40% of veterans are suffering from this ailment, resulting in the American government paying approximately $1 billion to these people on a yearly basis.
However, tinnitus could also be rife within our armed forces.
For example, in 2009, it was revealed that out of 1,250 Royal Marine commandoes deployed to Afghanistan, almost 70% of these people had developed some degree of hearing loss, including conditions such as tinnitus or even complete deafness.
According to Deafness Research UK, individuals may immediately damage their ear if exposed to sounds louder than 140dB. In addition, the charity claims that those who regularly experience noises greater than 80dB could be at risk of suffering hearing loss. Therefore – as a firing M16 rifle may register at around 155dB, while a denoting IED can emit noises of no less than 170dB – it is no surprise that so many members of the armed forces suffer from conditions such as tinnitus.
However, if you sustained hearing loss while working for the military, you may be entitled to claim tinnitus compensation through Seth Lovis & Co.
Claiming tinnitus compensation through Seth Lovis & Co
Seth Lovis & Co's team of experienced hearing loss solicitors realises that tinnitus can have devastating effects – and would like to help those adversely affected claim compensation. Furthermore, any funds awarded could go towards recovering lost earnings as well as supplying rehabilitation costs.
To find out if you are entitled to claim compensation for tinnitus, please call Seth Lovis & Co today on 0370 218 4025 or complete an online enquiry form.