Military injury compensation claims

If you are employed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Navy or The Army and you have been injured or involved in an accident in the course of duty, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer. Many of those who have been injured whilst working for the military may believe that they cannot claim compensation against their employer in the same way a non-military worker may be able to. This is not the case and here at Stephensons we are happy to represent you when making a claim for compensation in these circumstances. For free initial advice about your potential personal injury claim call us on 0203 816 0065.

If you currently work, or used to work, in a military profession - you should not assume that injuries sustained whilst serving are simply a result of the nature of the work you do. If someone was at fault for your injury, you are entitled to compensation. Injuries include both psychological and physiological damage and compensation for psychological trauma is more frequent than you may realise. You are entitled to make a claim whilst you are still serving in the military and your employer is not allowed to prejudice how they assess your career as a result.

What is the definition of a military injury?

The term 'military injury' does not exclusively refer to injuries such as lost limbs, which many people may envision. Unfortunately, severe physical injuries such as the loss of one or more limbs is common when serving in the military. However, injuries do not refer only to physical injuries - this can also be in reference to illnesses, both psychological and physical. In addition to this, military ‘injuries’ can include many other definitions of physical, mental or emotional harm. Examples of military injuries can include, but are not limited to:

  • Cold injury - an injury or illness acquired as a result of working in freezing and/or wet conditions. Compensation claims can be made if suitable clothing and equipment was not provided by the employer.
  • Road accidents - if you are travelling in a military vehicle in the UK which is involved in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. In addition to this, if you are involved in a road accident abroad whilst on duty and the person responsible for your injury is another member of the Armed Forced, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
  • Criminal injury - you may be entitled to claim compensation if you are assaulted whilst on duty in the UK or abroad.
  • Asbestos-related illnesses - if you worked in a military role whilst asbestos was still being used, or you came into contact with a family member’s uniform whilst they worked with asbestos during their time in the military, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
  • Serious injuries - you may be entitled to compensation if you sustained a gunshot wound, brain injury, spinal injury, crushing injury or amputation due to negligence whilst you worked in a military role.

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Why choose Stephensons?

Here at Stephensons, our dedicated personal injury solicitors have a vast amount of experience working on military injury cases. Our solicitors are able to provide a free initial assessment and if we take on your case it will be on a ‘no-win no fee’ basis. We have experience of and can assist with:

  • Injuries incurred during training exercises
  • Inadequate training
  • Insufficient equipment
  • Faulty equipment
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Air accidents
  • Accident on manoeuvres
  • Road accidents
  • Medical negligence

By coming to Stephensons not only do you have access to our personal injury department, if it is relevant you can also receive specialist assistance from our clinical negligence department. Not all solicitors can offer this as medical negligence is a specialist area of expertise in its own right. In past cases our personal injury and clinical negligence departments have gained substantial settlements.

Compensation for injury claims are capped in terms of time limits for making a claim, so if you think you have incurred an injury that was not your fault it is important that you call us today. For a free assessment, please call Stephensons on 0203 816 0065.

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