A former soldier has been awarded almost GBP 330,000 in injury compensation after sustaining hearing damage during a training exercise.
Charles Bradlaugh was left with tinnitus and hearing loss in his left ear after being told to take off his ear defenders during a live firing exercise five years ago.
After being discharged from the army on medical grounds in 2007, he claims his injury has made it difficult for him to find a job.
The case has proved controversial as Mr Bradlaugh’s large injury compensation payout is much lower than that typically awarded to soldiers maimed or injured in battle.
However, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) was forced to admit liability for his injury, as it occurred while he was in training, while it generally does not take responsibility for soldiers hurt in conflict.
Injury compensation for British troops is currently a prominent issue in the news, with recent reports suggesting that the MoD is wasting GBP 2.5 billion per year on the wrong equipment for soldiers.