You don’t have to have seen action to get compensation for a military injury. In fact, injuries that occur as a result of enemy fire may be ineligible for a military injury claim. However, if you have been hurt in conflict due to negligence or if you’ve sustained injuries while training, or even off duty, you could have a case for a military injury claim.
The fact is, armed forces personnel, whether in a ‘fighting’ role or a supporting role are exposed to hazardous environments during the course of their duties and, inevitably, this can lead to injuries. Furthermore, all Ministry Of Defence employees have the same right to personal injury compensation as any other type of worker.
Strict safety guidelines are imposed on most armed forces operations, but due to the nature of the activities, such as training exercises, accidents and injuries still occur. Typical examples of activities where servicemen and women may be injured include:
When it comes to making a claim, the only caveat is that in order to pursue a claim you must have been injured after 1st May 1987, as legislation prevents claims being made for injuries before this time.
In some cases, injuries can be so severe that the individual may have to leave the armed forces. This can mean long-term unemployment or retraining for a new career. If this is the case, as well as compensation for your injury and providing appropriate treatment and care, you may also be able to claim for loss of earnings and retraining expenses.
The amount that can be claimed for can vary greatly from case to case and will depend on variables such as the extent of the injury and lost earnings. Bartletts Solicitors are recognised as a leading legal firm in the area of military injury claims, even if the injury has happened overseas. If you feel you have a case to make a military injury claim, call the Bartletts Military Injury team on 0800 988 3674 and get the expertise you need today.
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