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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Military accidents: Deafness


    Whether in action or conducting training in home bases, military personnel are often exposed to loud noises in shooting ranges; during exercises; when missiles of varying types are tested; and so on. Under normal circumstances, those exposed to such high volume noises are protected by protective ear wear. There may however, be times when such equipment is not available, not suitable for the job at hand or defective.

    Industrial deafness

    Prolonged exposure to excessive noise can eventually lead to temporary or even permanent deafness. Unexpected loud bangs, such as explosions, for instance, may also result in work induced deafness. Soldiers, like other workers suffering work related injuries, affected in this fashion may be eligible to claim for work injury compensation.

    Industrial deafness claims

    In order to qualify for personal injury claims, the injury must have happened within three years prior to claiming and must have been the responsibility of someone else. For example, if protective equipment was not provided to adequately protect soldiers’ hearing during exercises involving repeated explosions, and an individual subsequently suffers temporary or permanent deafness, he or she would be able to claim for injury compensation against those in charge and/or the military as a whole.

    Claiming after accidents at work

    In the first instance, a person injured at work should contact Accident Advice Helpline and discuss their claim eligibility with one of the company’s helpful advisers. Available 24/ 7 on 0800 689 0500, calls are free and confidential. Once eligibility is established, the injured individual is provided with a legal professional with experience specifically matching their case. It should, however, be noted that calling the free phone number and discussing the potential of a claim with an adviser does not put callers under any obligation to pursue a claim with or without Accident Advice Helpline’s assistance.

    The cost of personal injury claims

    The fact that compensation claims invariably incur legal and other costs is not an issue to worry about, as the legal professionals dealing with claims for Accident Advice Helpline all operate under conditional fee agreements. More commonly as no win no fee* agreements, this means any cost incurred will not be charged for until the claim has been settled. Once compensation is due for payment, a percentage of the total amount is deducted to cover any costs incurred.

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    How much compensation to expect and when to expect it

    Compensation claims can vary significantly. How long a case will take to settle and how much will ultimately be payable in compensation depends on the injury, its extent and other circumstances surrounding the claim.

    Date Published: January 5, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.