A former Royal Marine has been awarded more than £500,000 damages after the roar of battle in Afghanistan left him with the hearing of ‘someone in their early 70s’.
Alistair Inglis served for nearly 15 years and left the Marines in May 2012 to work in maritime security because of his concerns about his ‘deteriorating levels of hearing’.
Mr Inglis sued the Ministry of Defence for ‘noise-induced hearing loss’, suffered during his time in the ranks between 1997 and 2012. He was exposed to the noise from thousands of rounds of ammunition, thunder-flash stun grenades, helicopters and other aircraft and explosive devices.
At the London’s High Court, Judge Peter Marquand awarded Mr Inglis £545,766.60 in damages in a landmark case which could open the floodgates to hundreds of others and ultimately cost the MoD millions.
Mr Inglis’ case was spearheading over 200 other similar claims against the MoD. Veterans are claiming for hearing damage caused during training exercises and the combat zone. Many more are expected but the number of expected claims are unknown at present.
To start an application for funding for hearing loss, tinnitus, or both, from the Veterans Hearing Fund, call us or apply on the Veterans Hearing Support website.