We worked with a former Army Officer Cadet to secure her a settlement of £27,500 after she was injured due to insufficient hearing protection.
21-year-old Storm Rae was on a training exercise in Norway with fellow cadets in 2008. Miss Rae was exposed to rifle fire after she was ordered by her chain of command to forfeit her hearing protection. As a result of that unprotected exposure, Miss Rae now suffers significantly diminished hearing in her left ear. The hearing loss is comparable to that of a typical 80-year-old and she has permanent and constant tinnitus.
Miss Rae began the training exercise with ear defenders on, as did her colleagues. However, part way through, she was told to remove them and to replace them with a single earplug and a headset radio which offered little or no protection to noise.
At the time, as well as pursuing her cadet training, Miss Rae was a university student. She held a scholarship to Sandhurst, where all officers are trained to take on the responsibilities of leading soldiers. Following the incident, Miss Rae’s scholarship was withdrawn and she no longer fulfils the medical requirements for entry to the Armed Forces.
Solicitor, David Johnston-Keay, worked with Miss Rae throughout her claim. He warned that this is not an isolated case and said: “Regrettably, Miss Rae is not the only claimant to have come to us with significant and preventable hearing damage as a result of exposure to weapon fire.
“The Armed Forces have been providing hearing protection for soldiers, sailors and airmen for many years and there are procedures and protocols in place to ensure those personnel are properly protected.
“However, on occasions, those safeguards fail. When that happens, it is not just the individual’s hearing that is affected; a medical downgrade may occur resulting in the loss of a career.”
If you or a loved one has suffered from hearing damage such as acoustic shock, tinnitus, and noise-induced hearing loss caused by conditions at work our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.
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