The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has paid compensation to a former soldier left deaf in one ear following a training exercise.
Charles Bradlaugh was told to remove his ear defenders during a live firing session, to make the training scenario “battle realistic”. He was left with hearing loss and tinnitus in his left ear, and was discharged from the army on medical grounds.
Bradlaugh sued the MoD for breach of statutory duty, the Daily Express reported. The Ministry admitted liability, and Newcastle County Court judge Christopher Walton awarded Bradlaugh £328,941.