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.
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.
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.
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
Category: Military accident claims