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The armed forces compensation scheme explained

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The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) provides compensation to all Regular and Reserve Forces members for injuries, ill-health and deaths due in the main part to service.
The scheme allows serving forces personnel to make injury compensation claims for tax free lump sums.
The lump sum payable is based on a 15 level graduating tariff depending on the seriousness of the condition. For those where the prognosis involves a significant loss of ability to earn, a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP) is awarded which is payable for life. Surviving partners, including same sex and unmarried partners are also entitled to a GIP where their partner died in service.
The tariffs explained

Tariff levels run from 1 to 15 depending on the level of severity with level 1 the highest for the most serious conditions such as loss of both limbs or full sight or hearing and level 15 for minor injuries such as fractures or dislocations that will see substantial recovery within 13 weeks. A GIP is awarded for injuries at levels 1-11 and is calculated according to pay and age at last birthday.

Military injury claims call for specialist legal guidance and injury claims lawyers who are well versed with the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
At Stephensons our personal injury lawyers have long term experience in handling claims for members of the forces via the AFCS.