Military Injury Claims

Have you sustained an injury while working in the Armed Forces that wasn’t your fault?

Working for the Armed Forces, is by nature, a dangerous job. It’s not uncommon for injuries and accidents to occur in the line of duty, and this is generally accepted by members of the military. However, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has an obligation to minimise danger, where possible. As an employer, they must adhere to strict Health and Safety regulations in the same way as any other business. This means that if reasonable steps weren’t taken to prevent injury, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

If you are a current serving member of the Military, or have been discharged, and have been injured during the course of your employment you may be able to claim against the MoD for compensation if you believe that steps could have been taken to mitigate the risk of injury.

Common injuries sustained from working in the Armed Forces:

Whether it was due to the negligence of another person, or a lack of adhering to strict safety procedures, we have handled claims regarding a variety of injuries, big and small, sustained whilst working in the Armed Forces.

The types of accidents and injuries that you may be able to claim compensation for include:

  • Noise induced hearing loss
  • Accidents during training
  • Lack of safety equipment
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Inadequate training or supervision
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Medical negligence
  • Faulty or defective equipment
  • Road Traffic Accidents involving military vehicles
  • Accidents in the Territorial Army and Reservists

The Ministry of Defence & The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme – what to be aware of:

If you were injured in a combat or war environment, then the MoD can apply for something known as ‘Combat Immunity’, meaning your right to a compensation claim is suspended. However, if your injuries occurred in a non-combat scenario you may be able to claim.

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) enables members of the military to claim compensation for their injuries, regardless of fault. Therefore, it is not necessary for a service person to prove that the accident, injury, or illness was as a result of someone else’s negligence to make a successful claim.

You are still able and within your legal rights to make a claim for negligence, regardless of if you have already received an award under the AFCS. Both claims can run alongside each other.

Lariam (Mefloquine) & the Military

Attwood Solicitors is currently seeking compensation for military personnel who were prescribed Lariam, an anti-malarial medication, between 2007 and 2015. If you, or a loved one, suspect you have suffered mental illness as a result of being prescribed and taking Lariam whilst deployed, then we may be able to help you. Learn more about Lariam.

We understand that this can be a difficult and distressing time. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, making a claim for compensation may be the last thing you want to think about, but we would urge you to get the ball rolling and establish if you are eligible for compensation as soon as possible.

Claims can take considerable time to conclude, and in the meantime, your finances could be severely stretched. We deal with most cases on a ‘No win, No fee’basis, leaving you to focus on your recovery, rather than worrying about legal costs.

Attwood Solicitors will work hard to ensure a fast resolution for your case, without adding further hassle or stress to your life. Contact us today for a free consultation, expert advice, and support with your claim.

Determining liability is the first step in a Personal Injury case, and evidence will be required to prove that a third party was responsible for any injury or illness for which you are seeking compensation.

If you are unsure who is liable, or you are struggling to collect evidence, but still believe that you deserve compensation for your injuries, get in touch with our team immediately. We may be able to help build your case by talking with witnesses, experts, or other stakeholders to establish the facts.

After you’ve been involved in a Road Traffic Accident, it’s understandable that your main objective will be to recover from your experience and put it behind you. Claiming compensation for your accident is often a good way of doing this, as it not only provides financial support at a time when you need it the most, but should also help you feel that justice has been served.

We work tirelessly to ensure that each client is awarded the maximum compensation possible for their case. If you are successful in your claim, you may be awarded compensation for one or more of the following:

  • The injury sustained, including physical and mental damage. Compensation is awarded based on pain, suffering, and inability to resume ‘normal’ life.
  • Financial losses, including loss of earnings since the accident. Loss of potential future earnings may also be considered.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses including care costs, medical costs, travel to medical appointments and home help. (Please note: It’s important to keep any receipts for out-of-pocket expenses so that they can be included in any claim).
  • Future needs – It may be necessary to make adjustments in the future, such as adaptations at home, which may also be claimed for.

Our experience and expertise in Personal Injury cases will help you to secure the compensation you deserve.

If you have sustained a personal injury, seeking compensation may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s important to be aware that there are time limits for taking legal action. Don’t worry, we understand that it may be difficult for you to talk about what has happened, but please rest-assured that our sympathetic team is here to support you, and will make the process as simple and straightforward as possible.

The first step is simply to get in touch with us. You can give us a call, email us, or complete our online enquiry form – whatever feels most comfortable for you.

We will take some basic details and information about what has happened, before introducing you to a carefully selected solicitor who specialises in your type of claim. They will then guide you through the rest of the process. (You can find out more about what that involves in the Attwood Solicitor’sGuide to Personal Injury Claims).

We deal with most cases under a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as ‘No win, No fee’. This means:

  • No upfront payments
  • Nothing to pay if your claim does not succeed
  • No risk
  • Lack of funds will not prohibit you from making a claim

If you don’t receive any compensation, there is nothing to pay, so why not get in touch with our expert team and discover if you are eligible to make a claim?

There are many companies offering support for Personal Injury claims, but before you decide which one you trust to secure the best outcome for your case, here are some things you that you should know about Attwood Solicitors:

  • We are Personal Injury Specialists – that means we focus solely on ONE area of specialism, rather than trying to be a Jack of All Trades. As such, our expertise is unrivalled.
  • We are committed to processing your claim to the best of our ability, ensuring the best outcome for you, in the least stressful way possible.
  • We have a huge depth of experience and wide-ranging case history, which means that we can offer the best legal knowledge to support your claim.
  • We have a proven track record of successful claims and are proud of our reputation as leaders in our field.
  • We believe you have suffered enough already, and therefore undertake all Personal Injury Claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.
  • We believe you should have your own appointed Legal Expert to ensure continuity of care and tailored support.
  • We offer a sympathetic and supportive approach, understanding that you have been through, and are still going through, a difficult time.
  • We believe that open and honest communication is the key to a successful client relationship, and will keep you informed throughout, with clear and precise information.
  • We offer a free initial consultation where we will be honest with you about the likely success of your claim.
  • Our integrity is paramount, and we therefore offer our expertise in a caring and considerate way, where all decisions are made in the best interests of the client.
  • We will guide you and fight your corner for you, making the process as stress-free as possible.

To discover what our clients think about our service, read our client testimonials.

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