Hearing Loss Claims

Hearing Loss Claims

MOD Hearing Loss Claims

Did you serve after June 1987 in any regiment of the Army, Navy or Territorial Army. You may have been exposed to high level noise due to a lack of adequate hearing protections provided by the Ministry of Defence.

It may well be that you have experienced ringing in your ears and use other noises to mask that problem. We are widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading firm of solicitors for taking action against the Ministry of Defence on behalf of serving and former soldiers in respect of hearing loss and tinnitus.

It is clear that the MOD even onto the present day do not provide adequate hearing protection for their soldiers and officers during the course of training. It is important that you take action in any hearing loss claim as soon as possible and our advice is that you take action within three years of becoming aware of your hearing loss or tinnitus symptoms.

We have been bringing actions against the Ministry of Defence for hearing loss for in excess of eight years and believe we have brought more successful cases against the Ministry of Defence than any other solicitors firm in the United Kingdom. At present however we are only taking on actions for existing or former military personnel who have some element of Northern Ireland service. This does not mean that your case is solely based upon your Northern Ireland service but is likely to have lead to greater exposure both to pipe ranges and to anti-terrorist training and allows us to bring the case before the Northern Ireland Courts, where damages awards are potentially greater than in the rest of the United Kingdom. As a soldier in the Ministry of Defence you have the right to bring a case against the Ministry of Defence in any part of the United Kingdom as long as you have had some service in that part of the UK, we regularly act for serving and retired soldiers from all regiments of the British Army.

In short , if you have served after June 1987 and have some element of Northern Ireland service and are suffering from either hearing loss and/or a ringing or buzzing in your ears, which is called tinnitus, then you should get in touch with us without delay for either a short telephone consultation or a meeting in person at our offices.

RUC/PSNI Hearing Loss Problems

We don’t act for unions or federations. We act for you. If you served in the RUC or PSNI and suffer from deafness or hearing problems, they may be related to noise exposure, from either weapons or other training, including helicopter flights and public order disputes.

Deafness and hearing problems occur gradually. As symptoms take time to develop, many people don’t realise their difficulties result from work, not simply aging. One common hearing problem is tinnitus (buzzing or ringing sounds) often caused by excessive noise. Tinnitus can be sporadic, but for some people it disrupts daily life, makes sleeping difficult and results in trying to mask the noise using radios or CD players.

We successfully take action on behalf of current and former police officers on hearing loss sustained during service. We advise if your hearing problem was caused in the workplace, entitling you to compensation. We use expert medical advice to help us.

Work Related Hearing Loss

This can affect those working in these sectors –

  • Bombardier/Shorts
  • F G Wilson
  • Harland & Wolff
  • Any other noisy workplace

Deafness and hearing problems occur gradually. As symptoms take time to develop, many people don’t realise their difficulties result from work, not simply aging. One common hearing problem is tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing sounds) often caused by excessive noise. Tinnitus can be sporadic, but for some people it disrupts daily life, makes sleeping difficult and results in trying to mask the noise using radios or CD players.

On a weekly basis we are taking action against Bombardier Shorts and Harland and Wolff for hearing loss sustained during the course of employment’.

If you have been employed in Shorts Bombardier prior to 2002 and you have been involved in riveting or any other noisy occupation, then you are likely to have sustained some form of hearing damage and/or tinnitus.

Prison Service

If you experience ringing in your ears or have problems hearing the TV, telephone or other people’s voices, you should contact us to establish if you have a case.

It was very common for Prison Service employees in Northern Ireland to be issued with personal protection weapons. During training, those weapons produced particularly high-level noise. In our experience, the Prison Service did not provide adequate hearing protection.

Contact us now, with no obligation, to see if you have a case.

We are happy to advise you. You can discuss this with a short telephone conversation on 028 9045 3449.

Northern Ireland Railways

If you have worked in Northern Ireland Railways as a train driver or conductor then you may have been exposed to high level noise from trains, your previous service which had significant noise levels without any or adequate hearing protection being provided by your employer.

We have successfully taken actions against Northern Ireland Railways for compensation for employees and former employees due to the high level of noise exposure sustained during the course of employment and would be happy to talk to you on a no obligation basis to see if you have a case.

Below are the comments of Northern Ireland High Court Judge on the expertise of Reid Black Solicitors in hearing loss cases. You can read the judgment in full here.

“The plaintiff wishes to use the services of a particular firm of solicitors who practice in Northern Ireland and who have expertise in noise induced hearing loss claims. That firm is Reid Black Solicitors Limited who have specialised in the conduct of claims for compensation involving police, military and civilian noise exposure since 2006 and who have acted in excess of 5,000 claims advanced by plaintiffs against the defendant relating to noise induced hearing loss suffered by soldiers who have served in Northern Ireland.”

HEARING LOSS CASE AGAINST THE MOD

Seamus Reid is also recognised and highly ranked on Chambers And Partners for his expertise in hearing-loss cases, as well as his ‘proactive’ and ‘personable’ approach.

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