Armed Forces Compensation Claims
Just like any other employer, the Ministry of Defence has an obligation to keep employees safe while they fulfil their duties at work. This means that military personnel are entitled to make an armed forces compensation claim if they are injured as a result of an accident that was not their fault, either in the UK or on a tour of duty.
The number of armed forces personnel claiming compensation after sustaining a physical or psychological injury at work is increasing every year. Due to the dangers present in a career with the Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy, the nature of these injuries can be extremely severe and debilitating, resulting in very serious injuries and can lead to loss of career and affect your quality of life.
At Freeclaim Solicitors, we understand the difficulties that victims and their families can face following such distressing accidents and are sympathetic to individual needs. We have specialist military solicitors who will push for the maximum amount of compensation available to ensure you get the best medical treatment and care.
For a free and confidential consultation to discuss a claim after a military injury, call us today on 0800 612 7340 or contact our military injury compensation solicitors online. Our specialist team will fight tirelessly on your behalf and help you get early treatment so that you look to recover more quickly.
The Military’s Duty Of Care
All employers have a duty of care to their employees in order to keep them safe while they work. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is no different and as an employer, they should:
- Provide the appropriate training to enable you to carry out all of your duties.
- Ensure you have the correct, fully operational equipment and kit when in the UK and on tour.
- Minimise the risks to you as much as possible and keep you safe.
If the Ministry of Defence fails in this duty in any respect and you are injured as a result, you could be eligible to make an armed forces compensation claim.
Making An Armed Forces Accident Claim
You should claim against the Ministry of Defence while you are still in service as usually, most claims must be brought within three years of the injury or accident. Making a claim whilst you are still in service will not affect your career as your employer cannot dismiss you for making a claim.
However in some specific cases, you can make a claim for accidents or injuries which have happened at any point since May 1987. Due to the complex nature of these cases, it is important you speak to specialist solicitors with the experience in dealing with armed forces compensation claims.
Armed forces compensation can not only compensate you for the pain and suffering you’ve endured because of your injuries, but also for other losses that you have suffered as a result. This can include:
- Loss of earnings, including when the accident first happened and any future losses you may have as a result of your injury.
- Promotional set back or losses.
- Loss of pension.
- The cost of any care and assistance required.
- Any equipment or aids you may require as a result of your injuries.
- Treatment and rehabilitation costs.
- The cost of alterations to your home as a result of injuries sustained.
Remember, your initial enquiry is completely free, and we operate on a no win no fee basis, so there is no financial risk to you.
Common Army Compensation Claims
In the year 2012/13, 9860 military injury compensation claims were brought about through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Around 39% of claims are in relation to musculoskeletal disorders and a further 25% due to fractures and dislocations of bones. The rise in these claims appears to coincide with our armed forces being deployed to increasingly dangerous situations, such as in Afghanistan.
Freeclaim Solicitors have helped claim compensation for a variety of armed forces accidents suffered in the UK or whilst on a tour of duty. Some of the more common types of military claims are:
- Aircraft and helicopter crashes
- Negligent discharges
- Malfunctioning military equipment and vehicles
- Military accidents in operational theatres
- Weapons and explosives
- Cold/hot weather military injuries
- Military training accidents
- Military combat injuries
- Road accidents
- Parachuting accidents
- Chemical accidents and exposure to harmful substances
- Combat stress
How We Can Help
Freeclaim Solicitors have over 25 years’ of experience and a reputation for success in military claims. When you make your free, confidential enquiry, our specialist solicitors, who have expertise in military compensation, will be able let you know quickly whether you have a claim against the Ministry of Defence.
As serious injury solicitors recommended by the Legal 500, we have the complex legal expertise in armed forces compensation and have in-depth knowledge of the Ministry of Defence’s compensation scheme. This puts us in a strong position to fight for your compensation.
We’ll also focus on your recovery and early treatment to help you regain a better quality of life.
Make a free, no obligation enquiry by calling us today on 0800 612 7340, or fill out our online military claims enquiry form and one of our specialist lawyers will call you back.
Armed Forces Compensation Case Studies
Here are just a few examples of claims we have dealt with:
- Mr R was involved in a road traffic accident when he was working in the Army in Kenya. The car he was travelling in was being driven by another soldier, when it slid off the road and flipped over. He sustained 3 fractured vertebrae in his spine and subsequently could not progress in his career within the army. He received £55,000 in armed forces compensation.
- Mr H sustained injury at a training exercise in preparation for a tour in Iraq whilst he was a soldier in the British Army. The training exercise was taking place at night, with very poor visibility. As a result of this our client fell 14 feet through a hole in a roof. He sustained injury to his hip and knee. Freeclaim military compensation solicitors helped him to claim £6,200 in compensation.