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Compensation Claim for Soldier´s Loss of Hearing Settled Out of Court

Posted: July 6th, 2012

A former soldier, who had to leave the armed forces due to suffering a hearing injury, is to receive compensation for soldier´s loss of hearing after an out of court settlement was agreed between his solicitors and the Ministry of Defence.

Michael Lee (26) had joined the armed forces in 2003 when he was eighteen and had fully intended to be a career soldier until age forty. However, in 2009 the Lance Corporal was found to have permanent bilateral hearing loss of 15dB and downgraded for promotional purposes. He was discharged from the armed services in 2011.

After deciding to seek legal advice, Michael made a claim for soldier´s loss of hearing compensation as, he alleged in his claim, his injury was attributable to excessive levels of noise at prolonged drum and bugle practice between 2004 and 2008.

The Ministry of Defence admitted liability for Michael´s injury and a settlement (negotiated) of compensation for soldier´s loss of hearing was agreed to account for Michael´s relatively young age, his loss of future earnings and pension, and future expenses related to hearing aids.

The award of 300,000 pounds is in line with other recent settlements for compensation for soldier´s loss of hearing, including Charles Bradlaugh (22) – who received 330,000 pounds after suffering a hearing injury on a practise exercise in which ear plugs were not provided in 2004.

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