Being in the military is exciting, but dangerous. On top of the obvious dangers of engaging in military action, soldiers and other military personnel are subject to the same risk of accident and exposure to hazardous products as anyone else.
So, if you’re currently in the military and you’ve been involved in an incident that you’d like to claim compensation for call us to find out how. Or, if you are an ex-serviceman, and you are suffering now because of something that happened to you whilst you were actively serving, contact us to find out if you can make a claim for compensation. It only takes a few minutes, but could change your life.
Speak to one of our experienced compensation claims advisors free of charge today on Call 01204 521133 or on live chat for a consultation. Alternatively, you can fill in one of our claims forms or use our Compensation Calculator, and we’ll call you back.
But, I Thought it Was Not Possible to Make Claims Against the Military!
It was! Until 15th May 1987, the Ministry of Defence was immune from all personal injury claims. This was because of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947, which prevented the crown from being sued. However, on that date the rules changed. Now, if you can prove that the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or the Army were at fault, and therefore responsible for your injury or illness, you can make a claim for compensation.
The change in rules means that all employees of the armed services are now subject to the same health and safety protection, while they work, as those in civilian life. This includes:
- providing all service personnel, and other employees, with the equipment that’s necessary for them to complete their jobs, and that it’s maintained properly and safe to work with
- ensuring a safe and tidy working environment is maintained
- providing training to those people who will be required to lift heavy objects
- ensuring all personnel have the correct safety clothing to complete their job. This can include safety gloves and boots, hard hats, dust masks, ear guards, goggles and high-visibility jackets.
If you’ve suffered an injury or you’ve become ill as a result of not being provided with the correct equipment, you should contact us to find out if you can make a claim for compensation.
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)
The military also have their own compensation scheme too. Before 6th April 2005, this scheme was called War Pensions Scheme. After that date, it became known as the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, however, the name change has no effect on claims made through the old scheme.
This scheme is something you can apply for as in addition to personal injury compensation – it is not an either or situation, you can apply for both. And, unlike civilian personal injury claims, if you make a claim using AFCS, and your injury is serious enough, you do not have to prove the military was at fault. It is also the scheme you’d use if you’d like to bring a claim for an injury sustained during combat.
If you AFCS claim succeeds, the military will award you something called a Guaranteed Income Protection. This is supposed to replace any lost future earnings you will no longer receive because your injury of illness prevents you from working. However, there are some issues with this scheme. For example, there are some issues with claiming for multiple injuries and it does not allow you to claim for any expenses you may have incurred following an accident.
That’s why it’s important for claims to be made under both military and civilian schemes. This way anything that’s not covered by the military scheme, like losses incurred after the incident, can still be recovered.
If you want to claim using this scheme, it’s best to contact us to discuss your situation. Our team of specialist compensation solicitors will be able to advise you quickly and easily on the likelihood of your claim succeeding.
How Might I Be Injured in the Military?
There are many different ways you could be injured in the military. You are subject to all the same possibilities of having a road traffic accident, or slipping and falling, injuring yourself in the process, as anyone else.
However, on top of that, you are also subject to a number of other risks that the ‘general public’ may not encounter. These can include accidents while performing military exercises, injuries caused by weapons or during assault course training. There’s also a very real possibility that you could have been exposed to asbestos too!
Have you been injured in one of these circumstances?
- military road traffic accidents
- weapons accident
- moving vehicles accident
- equipment failure
- training exercise
- sports and adventure training (including assault courses)
If you have, and you are suffering from personal injury as a result, you should explore the idea of claiming compensation. We can help you bring a claim for compensation against the military, so give us a call today.
Types of Military Accident Claims We Cover
Our team of military compensation specialists have a wide-range of expertise and have dealt with a number of military accident claims, including:
- Armed Forces Compensation
- Asbestos Claims against the Ministry of Defence (MOD)
- Military Accidents at Work
- Military Road Accidents
If your problem is not detailed above, call us and we’ll discuss your situation in more detail. All we need is a couple of minutes and we’ll be able to tell you if you’ll be able to make a claim for compensation.
It’s Not Personal
It’s important to remember that claiming compensation is not personal. All employers, including the military, are required to have insurance to cover them for instances of illness or injury. So, you should never feel guilty about claiming.
People are often afraid to make a claim, but this should never be the case. If you’d like to know more about the reasons why people don’t claim, and how we can help, read Eight Reasons Why People Who Should Claim for Compensation, Don’t!
Why you Should Make a Claim for Compensation
Compensation is designed to help you. It’s meant to make your everyday life as normal as possible.
So, if your illness or injury prevents you from working, you’ll need some way of supporting yourself – that’s what compensation is for!
Maybe you’ll need expensive treatments costing thousands of pounds – that’s what compensation is for!
Perhaps you’ll need specialist nursing care later in life – that’s what compensation is for!
Our Experience of Handling Military Compensation Claims
Asons have extensive experience in this area. Our military claims specialists are able to assess the details of your case and offer you advice on your claim being successful in a matter of minutes. So give us a call – we’re here to help!
If you sufferings because of an incident that occurred while you were in the armed forces, and you’d like to explore the possibility of claiming for compensation, let us help. We just need a few minutes of your time and, in return, we’ll be able to tell you the likelihood of your claim being successful.
Asons Keep it Simple!
At Asons, we like to keep it simple. We promise to:
- avoid the complicated legal jargon, wherever we can. We find it confuses people and makes them feel like they don’t know what‘s going on
- give you a dedicated claims handler, who will deal with your case from the beginning right through to the end. Of course, there may be times when this is not possible. When this happens, you will be kept fully informed of why and who will be taking over
- explain what’s happening with the case, as it progresses, in a clear and concise manner
- be available for you when you need us. It’s important that you feel like you can contact us, to ask questions or for clarification, whenever you need to.
In short, we’ll take all the stress for you, so you don’t have to!
Be Quick… There’s a Time Limit on Civilian and AFCS Claims!
The law states that any claim for compensation for personal injury must be brought within three years of the incident happening or three years from the date that you realised the incident has resulted in your current condition. This time limit is called a ‘statute of limitations’. If you miss this time limit, there’s nothing anyone can do – there are no exceptions. So, make sure you call us today.
For AFCS claims, the time limit is seven years from the date of the incident. For more advice on time limits, contact us.
‘No Win, No Fee’
We don’t believe that those who’ve suffered an illness or injury because of another’s negligence, should be out-of-pocket whilst their claim progresses. That’s why we use the ‘no win, no fee’ system.
More on ‘no win, no fee’ here.
All you need to do is call us and speak to one of our military compensation claim solicitors. At this stage, it’s a free, informal chat – you’re not obliged to anything. We’ll need just a few minutes of your time to assess the chances of your case being successful. And, if you’d like to go ahead, we’ll get the ball rolling immediately.