A former Royal Marine has succeeded in his claim for damages from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. Mr Inglis will be awarded £545,766 from the MoD after it was held that his hearing loss was caused by exposure to excessive levels of noise whilst he was in service.
The award will no doubt pave the way for thousands of ex-forces personnel to pursue claims of similar nature.
Significantly, the MoD had already admitted liability on an 80:20% split in favour of Mr Inglis, and so all the Court had to do was come to a decision on how much Mr Inglis should be awarded. It was held that given the significant loss the injuries sustained will have on Mr Inglis’ future earning capacity, in addition to the cost of hearing aids he will have to wear for the rest of his life, it was fair that Mr Inglis be awarded in excess of half a million pounds.
Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common injuries sustained by members of the armed forces and it is believed that the MoD face thousands of claims from veterans suffering with hearing loss.
Many do not know that seeking compensation for injuries sustained in service is a possibility. However, this recent acknowledgement from the MoD that they have failed in their duty of care should encourage others to come forward and bring to their attention that they do not have to suffer in silence.