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Military Accidents at Work

How Does This Happen?

In common law, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees, and are legally obliged to provide appropriate training, and equipment, to prevent accidents from occurring. Where an employer neglects to implement sufficient training programs, and health and safety standards, they become liable for any accidents that do happen.

Prior to the 15th of May 1987, the Crown Proceedings Act prevented personal injury claims from being lodged against the MoD, although this has since changed. Consequently, if you suffer an injury resulting from an accident, you may be entitled to make a claim. Where a personal injury solicitor can prove the negligence of the British Army, Royal Navy, or Royal Air Force, your claim will be dealt with in much the same way as a civil ‘accident at work’ claim.

If your original accident occurred after 6th April 2005, you might also be entitled to make a claim via the no fault Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. If your accident was before the 6th April 2005, you may also be entitled to make a claim for a War Pension payment.  Whilst eligibility to claim under the War Pension system only comes into effect upon discharge, claims under the Armed Forces Compensation scheme can be made during service, so you shouldn’t wait until you leave, you should act immediately. Under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme there is a 7 year time limit, so it is important to act quickly, as soon as an accident happens.

Our Military Work Accident Claims Experience

We recognise the monumental commitment, and sacrifice, that our troops and their families make, and we passionately believe that service personnel deserve the best medical care and support.

We work at the cutting edge of military accident case law, and it’s likely that we will have overseen a case like yours in the past. This means that we can concentrate on the most critical matters from the outset. Whether you served in the Army, Navy or Royal Air Force (RAF), we can help you.

Dealing with armed forces compensation claims requires a great deal of expertise. Our Solicitors have experience in dealing with the Ministry of Defence (MoD), their claims handling insurers, and solicitors. We understand that making a military injury claim, and speaking to a solicitor is frowned upon; so you can rest assured that all of our advice is independent, and strictly confidential. Where you have suffered an injury, it can take a huge physical and emotional toll on you, and your family, so we take care to approach these matters in a supportive and sensitive way.

We will assess the present impact of the accident or injury on your health, as well as any future implications; such as loss of earnings, costs for therapy, treatment and care. We will then use this information to achieve an armed forces compensation award, which fairly reflects the undue pain, suffering and inconvenience that you have had to bear. By working in this way, we are able to achieve the greatest possible success for your claim, so that it supports you both now, and in future.

Be Quick…

There are time limits in place for making claims of this kind, so you should speak to us as soon as you are well enough to do so, following your accident. The quicker you seek legal advice, the sooner we can investigate your case, achieving the compensation you deserve.

Next Steps

We pride ourselves on our provision of first-class legal advice, and support. Our team of expert solicitors have a wealth of expertise and knowledge that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. So for free, expert advice on pursuing a military injury claim, speak to us today.

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