Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims
Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims – Serving your country is both an honorable and potentially life-threatening job, but this does not
mean that injuries sustained while in the Armed Forces are all unavoidable. Recently, the numbers of military service men and women who have experienced noise-induced hearing loss, tinnitus, or hyperacusis (increased sensitivity to sounds) due to inadequate safety measures while serving in the military have increased exponentially. Although it might seem as though hearing loss and tinnitus are inescapable aspects of military service due to the frequent exposure to explosions, backfires, and other loud artillery noises, these debilitating conditions may be avoidable and preventable. If you have experienced any of these conditions while serving in the Army, Army Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, RAF, RAF Reserve, or Special Forces, you may be eligible for compensation. The expert consultants at Roper James in Plymouth can walk you through the process of determining eligibility and filing your claim.
It is important to note that you are entitled to compensation through legislation in place to protect military personnel who sustain injuries due to unintentional negligence. Filing a claim is not asking for a handout or an indication that you think negatively of the service branch that you have already given so much to. It is a fair request for compensation in light of the decrease in function that was sustained while in service to your country. At Roper James we know that compensation can be a vital way for you to receive support for you and your family as you attempt to navigate the frequently misunderstood effects of noise-induced hearing loss, and we have the knowledge and compassion to help you understand your options and receive the help and reimbursement that you are entitled to.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Filing a Military Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims
At Roper James, we find that individuals are frequently misinformed about their options when filing a noise induced hearing loss claim and we have compiled a list of common questions so that you can better understand your right to claim compensation for the injuries you have received during your time in the service.
- Should I file a civil claim or file through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme?
The short answer is that it depends on the individual situation, but in most cases, you can file for both simultaneously. There is a time limit of seven years for the AFCS and 3 years for a civil claim, but certain exceptions do apply, and you should contact a Roper James lawyer to determine eligibility. Additionally, if your injury occurred before 6 April 2005, you will need to file through the War Pension Scheme instead of the AFCS.
- Can active-duty military personnel still file a claim?
Both active and retired military personnel can file claims for noise-induced hearing loss sustained while serving. Do not wait to file because you are still serving, as this can result in your time limits expiring.
- What do I need to qualify for compensation?
In most cases, all you need to be eligible is the presence of hearing loss, tinnitus, or hyperacusis sustained due to inadequate hearing protection while serving in the military. Most people who meet these basic requirements are eligible, but a Roper James solicitor will be able to review your individual situation and advise you accordingly.
- How much compensation can I expect to receive?
The amount of compensation that you receive will depend on the extent to which your career, finances, and personal life suffered as a result of your injury. Compensation can either be due to financial (cost of treatment, hearing aids, wage losses and so on) or non-financial (pain, suffering, loss of function) impacts and is assessed on an individual basis.
With a “no win, no fee” agreement and a free initial consultation, you can rest assured that the practiced solicitors at Roper James will be able to skillfully assess your individual case, discuss your options with you, and then move forward with no financial obligation should your claim be unsuccessful. Do not wait to seek help when help is out there waiting for you—contact Roper James today and schedule your free consultation!