MOD Hearing Loss Claims2023-08-18T11:14:21+01:00

Military Hearing Loss Claims Solicitors

Military Hearing Loss Claims Solicitors

Have you suffered hearing loss as a result of negligence while serving in the armed forces in Northern Ireland or the UK? We’re one of the UK’s top military hearing loss solicitor firms — join the thousands of veterans we’ve helped to make successful compensation claims against the MOD.

  • Most successful military hearing loss claim law firm in the UK
  • Free, no-obligation inquiry to discuss your claim
  • Free hearing test clinics across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Fast and efficient claims process with proactive military hearing loss solicitors
  • Keep 100% of the compensation you get

MOD Hearing Loss Claims, UK & Northern Ireland

Did you serve — or are you still serving — in the British Army, Royal Navy, RAF, Special Forces, Marines, Territorial Army or Reserves after June 1987? If so, you won’t need us to tell you that working in a military environment can be incredibly noisy. You may have encountered extreme noise from:

  • Gun and artillery fire
  • Mortars
  • Explosions
  • Pipe range
  • Anti-terrorism training
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Vehicle engine noise
  • Aircraft noise
  • Brass bands

Those high noise levels can contribute to military hearing loss and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), which are preventable. If this has happened to you, the Ministry of Defence should be held accountable for not protecting your hearing adequately. You are entitled to claim MOD hearing loss compensation for these failings.

Criteria for Claiming Against the MOD in Northern Ireland:

To claim against the MOD in Northern Ireland, you must have:

  • Served in the military or armed forces since June 1987, or be currently serving in the military or armed forces.
  • Undertaken some element of your service in Northern Ireland.

Serving in Northern Ireland is not a requirement to make a hearing loss claim against the MOD, but it is necessary to bring a case before the courts in Northern Ireland. If you haven’t served in Northern Ireland, you may still be entitled to claim compensation for military hearing loss in England, Wales or Scotland.

Symptoms of Military Hearing Loss & Tinnitus

Military Hearing Loss Claim Process

We’ve designed our Military hearing loss claim process to be simple and hassle-free. We will handle your claim every step of the way to help you to get the compensation you deserve. Here is what you can expect:

Step 1: Contact Reid Black
Get in touch to talk to one of our military hearing loss solicitors. We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation and will be able to advise whether we think you have a claim.

Step 2: Gathering Information
Once you give us the go-ahead, we will start gathering evidence to support your claim against the MOD. This might include your service record and medical records.

Step 3: Medical Assessment
We will then arrange a free medical assessment of your hearing at a clinic in Northern Ireland, England or Scotland. This ensures we know the full extent of your hearing damage before pursuing a claim.

Step 4: Compensation Negotiations
Next, we enter into negotiations with the MOD to secure the maximum compensation you deserve. We have pursued more successful hearing loss claims against the MOD than anyone else.

Step 5: Compensation Payout
Once a compensation amount is finalised, we will oversee the payout process and ensure your money reaches you promptly. We will pursue the MOD for your legal costs so you keep 100% of the compensation payout.

Military Hearing Loss Claim Time Limits

We recommend starting your Military hearing loss claim as soon as possible after you start experiencing symptoms. Ideally, you will make your claim within three years of noticing problems with your hearing. Since many hearing loss conditions are gradual, there may be some leeway.

In all cases, please get in touch as soon as you notice any changes to your hearing so that we can start your claim.

MOD Hearing Loss Compensation

The level of hearing loss compensation you will get depends on the extent of the damage to your hearing and the impact it has on your life. Payouts start at around £6,000 for slight tinnitus and NIHL and could be more than £500,000 for total deafness.

Why Choose Reid Black?

We are the leading MOD hearing loss solicitors in Northern Ireland and the UK. Nobody has made more successful MOD hearing loss claims in Northern Ireland than us. In fact, a High Court Judge in Northern Ireland has described our “expertise in noise-induced hearing loss claims”.

Their judgment said: “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.”

David French – Military Hearing Loss Claims Expert

David French – Military Hearing Loss Claims Expert

David French
David French
18 YEARS EXPERIENCE
  • We have acted in more successful military hearing loss claims than anyone else in the United Kingdom.
  • We take instructions for people throughout the UK if they have had at least one Northern Ireland tour after June 1987.
  • No obligation discussion for any former MOD personnel on any issue they wish to discuss with us.
  • You always get 100% of the compensation, we only seek our costs from the other side and take nothing from you.

Seamus Reid – Military Hearing Loss Claims Expert

Seamus Reid – Military Hearing Loss Claims Expert

Seamus Reid
Seamus Reid
30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
  • Seamus is a leader in the field of personal injury claims and recognised as such by the Chambers Guide.
  • He assists for service personnel to make sure they are compensated for injuries in service.
  • He can arrange an ENT specialist to assess your hearing and discuss if you have a case to bring on a no obligation basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately not. Crown immunity for personal injury claims brought by service personnel was only suspended when the Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Act 1987 came into effect. While you may have suffered military hearing loss serving before 1987, you will not be able to claim for this because the MOD is covered by immunity.
A military hearing loss test is similar to other hearing tests. You will listen to a series of sounds at various frequencies. This will result in an audiogram, which shows the type, degree and configuration of your hearing loss. It’s very straightforward and we can arrange for a free hearing test at a clinic in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is a UK government compensation scheme for serving and former service personnel injured in service. This includes compensation for military hearing loss. It is one of several options available to claim the compensation you deserve. We will be able to advise whether this is the best route for your claim during a free initial consultation.
The War Pension Scheme is a compensation scheme for veterans with any illness or injury that was caused or made worse by their service. This includes military hearing loss. It is one option for securing the compensation you deserve. Get in touch for a no-obligation consultation to discuss whether it is the best option for you.
It is hard to give a useful average for MOD hearing loss payouts because compensation amounts vary dramatically. A typical compensation amount is likely to be between £5,000 and £30,000, but some claims are settled for up to £1 million. We can advise where your hearing loss is likely to sit on that scale when you get in touch to discuss your claim.

Let our military hearing loss solicitors take care of your claim

You put your life on the line to serve and protect others, so you deserved the basic protection that would have prevented your hearing loss. Talk to our specialist military hearing loss solicitors for free, no-obligation legal advice on the best way to bring your claim against the MOD and get the compensation that’s rightfully yours.

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