Ex-soldier sues after claiming the sound of gunfire left him deaf

Former soldier sues the Ministry of Defence for £142,000 after claiming the sound of gunfire left him deaf

  • Iraq veteran Louis Kinsley, aged 34, is seeking damages of more than £142,000
  • He claims his hearing difficulties are linked to his time in the British Army corps 
  • He was regularly exposed to noise of more than 90 decibels in live firing exercise

A former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence after he claimed the sound of gunfire left him deaf.

Iraq veteran Louis Kinsley, 34, is seeking damages of more than £142,000, saying his hearing difficulties are linked to his time in the Army’s Royal Engineers corps from 2002 to 2008.

The ex-soldier was regularly exposed to noise of more than 90 decibels in live firing exercises, High Court papers said.

A former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence after he claimed the sound of gunfire left him deaf. A stock image is used above for illustrative purposes [File photo]

It is claimed he was exposed to sounds from generators, jack hammers, chainsaws and detonating explosives during a combat engineering course.

And it is alleged he was not given proper training on the use of ear protection.

Mr Kinsley, from Hull, is said to have problems hearing people talk, particularly if there is background noise.

The former soldier, who was deployed in Iraq following the 2003 invasion, also served in Poland, Germany and the UK.

He has accused the MoD of negligence. He is said to have accepted compensation last year but the amount he should receive is in dispute – resulting in the case. 

The MoD said it did not comment on legal cases.


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