Armed Forces Injury Compensation
You may be surprised to learn that if you have suffered an injury whilst serving in the armed forces, then you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation. You may be even more surprised to learn that you can bring a claim even if you have not been injured in combat.
As with all workplaces, employers have a duty of care towards the health and safety of their employees — the Ministry of Defence is no different. This means that the MoD is responsible for ensuring that you are provided with the appropriate equipment with which to do your job and that you are given adequate training. Failure to provide this level of care, resulting in an injury, could result in a claim. A personal injury solicitor will be able to assess whether there has been a breach of duty and what loss has followed as a result of this breach.
Armed Forces Injury Claims
Injuries that can be suffered whilst in the armed forces vary and can be both physical and psychological. They can take place on the battlefield or in training. The amount of compensation that you will be able to claim will depend on the seriousness of the injury, whether you were to blame (even partially). It will also be determined by the amount that has been awarded in previously decided cases and in accordance with principles set out in government guidelines.
In the event you have lost a loved one who was serving in the armed forces, and you suspect negligence led to their fatal injury, we can help.
Any compensation award will not be limited to pain and suffering and is likely to include some consequential losses such as medical bills, travel expenses, care costs, damage to property and loss of income. It is therefore important to instruct a personal injury solicitor to deal with your claim, as they will be able to ensure that you are able to recover the maximum amount of compensation.
As there are strict time limits in place for making a claim, especially if you are abroad. It is essential that you obtain legal guidance from a personal injury claims solicitor in Bolton as soon as possible after the accident to ensure that you do not leave yourself time-barred under the Limitation Act 1980.
Contact our Specialist Armed Forces Injuries Team
Call us on 01204 802 050^ or, if you prefer, you can also contact us online for more information.