Posted: June 25th, 2011
A young soldier, whose hearing was permanently damaged during a training exercise, has been awarded 40,000 pounds soldier hearing loss compensation by the Ministry of Defence in an out-of-court settlement.
Liam Bell (20) from Morecambe, Lancashire, was taking part in an exercise at the Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire with the 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster´s Regiment when the incident happened.
Provided with only one ear plug due to a shortage of safety equipment, Liam was exposed to a high level of noise generated by grenade explosions and light machine gun fire. As he was just a new recruit at the time, Liam did not question the provision of just one ear plug and did as he was told.
Liam, who now has the hearing equivalent to that of an 80 year old, claimed in an action against the Ministry of Defence that he had not been advised of the dangers posed by a high volume of noise, and will permanently experience a buzzing in his ear which prevents him from sleeping and which affects conversations with friends.
The Ministry of Defence accepted liability for Liam´s hearing injury, and agreed on a 40,000 pounds out of court compensation settlement.
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