Most Royal Navy personnel understand what is meant by a Navy accident compensation claim. They know that accidents can happen during training or deployment and that the accident may be their employer’s fault. They also know that if this is the case then they may be able to claim compensation from that employer – the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Claims for more long-term health problems are not so widely known. Many do not realise, for example, that if you have suffered hearing loss as a result of exposure to excessive noise while you were in the Navy then you may also be able to claim compensation. Just because this is not an ‘accident’ as we would normally understand it does not mean that you cannot claim. Here is some more information about hearing loss accidents..
Navy accident compensation claim for hearing loss – noise exposure
Damage to hearing can be caused by exposure to loud noise. There are many noise hazards in the Navy and these include:
- Ships’ engine pitch
- Aircraft taking off and engines revving
- Weapons being fired
- Other vehicle noise
- Adverse noise made by other machinery
Navy accident compensation claim for hearing loss – the medical aspects
Noise-induced hearing loss can happen in two situations. The first is exposure to a single very loud noise. This could happen during an explosion, for example. The second type of exposure is a continuous quieter sound. Both can cause damage. The very delicate hair cells and nerves within the ear can become damaged. Whilst some hearing loss is temporary, other types are permanent and the victim is left with a loss of hearing for the rest of their lives. Some types of noise-induced hearing loss develop very slowly and it takes some time for the person to realise that they have been affected.
Navy accident compensation claim for hearing loss – prevention
It is very straightforward to prevent noise induced hearing loss and employers have a duty to do so. The first step is to identify those noises that are loud enough to cause the hearing damage. Then, identify the workers that will be exposed and provide them with protective equipment. This is usually ear defenders or ear plugs. The ear protection must work, must fit properly, and must be fit for the job. Regular checks should be carried out to make sure that this is the case. Navy personnel should be shown how and when to use the ear defenders to make sure that they are working as they should be.
Navy accident compensation claim for hearing loss – compensation
As soon as you become aware that you may have noise-induced hearing loss and suspect that it has been caused by your Navy service, it is a good idea to get some legal advice. Many people select to call a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. They will give you some initial advice and re-assurance while you decide about whether to make a claim. If you do want to go ahead then they will act for you on a no win no fee* basis.