Soldier awarded £40k personal injury compensation

Deafness and ear problems sustained during a professional exercise have resulted in a soldier being awarded personal injury compensation of £40,000.

According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Liam Bell suffers from tinnitus after participating in a firing drill at Catterick Garrison, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) managed facility situated in the north of England.

The 20-year-old - who used to be a member of the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment - told the news source he was instructed to take part in the exercise despite only having one ear plug in.

Consequently, he claims to have the same level of hearing as an 80-year-old - a fact he said is "embarrassing" as he often "struggles to hear people in conversation".

"As soon as we opened fire the noise became unbearable and instantly I knew it had affected my hearing," Mr Bell added.

The MoD - which is led by secretary of state for defence Dr Liam Fox - therefore awarded him £40,000 in damages.

Posted by Patrick White
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21/06/2011 16:41