Veterans to make legal claims for hearing loss

For many years, the Ministry of Defence rigorously opposed claims made by veterans who had suffered hearing loss. The MOD said that military personnel who had experienced hearing loss had suffered due to other issues, not using protection, something else was to blame, or their claims were made too late.

The MOD has now accepted that exposure to noise in the military has contributed to hearing loss and that anyone discharged after 1987 could be eligible to make a compensation claim.

Noise is a constant companion for soldiers, from the deafening roar of explosions and gunfire to the relentless hum of machinery. This chronic exposure to high noise levels can cause irreparable damage to the delicate structures of the inner ear, leading to hearing loss.

Hearing loss is not just a physical ailment. It can have profound implications for soldiers’ lives, impacting their mental well-being, social interactions, and even career prospects. Soldiers may struggle with tinnitus, a persistent ringing in the ears, which can be incredibly debilitating. They may also experience difficulty in social situations, feeling isolated and misunderstood.

WE Solicitors have carried out several deafness claims for military personnel. If you or a family member has suffered hearing loss following your work within the military, contact us today for a no obligation chat.