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If you have been injured during the course of your military employment within the past 3 years, then whether you are a current serving member of the Armed Forces or you have been discharged, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) must operate in accordance with Health and Safety Regulations in exactly the same way as an employer in the private sector.
Our specialist military injury solicitors can provide advice on entitlement under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). You may also be entitled to claim through the civil courts and can pursue a civil claim at the same time as an AFCS claim. We can guide you through both the AFCS and civil claims processes, ensuring you get the full compensation available.
We strongly believe military personnel deserve to be sufficiently compensated if injured while on duty. We recognise that injuries sustained during service can be life-changing and want to ensure you can get the support you need to rebuild your life. We can also advise you on accessing the specialist support and rehabilitation services you need for your recovery.
In most cases, we are able to secure compensation without the need for court proceedings, but where court action is required, we can provide the robust representation and empathetic personal support you need for every stage of proceedings.
We realise that bringing a claim against the MoD can be very daunting, so we shall do everything we can to make the process easy and stress free.
Who can claim for a military injury?
There are many situations which can occur (especially given the physical nature of military service) from which you may be able to make a military compensation claim. Whether you have been injured serving on the front line, or in a training exercise we can help.
Examples of the type of situations where you may be owed compensation include:
- Assault courses or adventure training including mountaineering, parachuting or abseiling
- Accidents on a military base
- Aviation incidents
- Injuries caused by weapons, explosives or fire
- Equipment failures
- Death in service
- Exposure to harmful substances, diseases or illness
- Hearing loss due to exposure to excessive noise and lack of hearing protection
- Head/brain injury
- Spinal injury
- Non-freezing cold injury (NFCI)
- Heat injury (hyperthermia)
- Compartment syndrome
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Medical negligence by armed forces healthcare services
- Lariam (Mefloquine) side effects
- Military training injuries
- Military road traffic accidents
Our team of expert personal injury solicitors have the necessary experience in bringing military injury claims against the MoD.
We understand military pay and career structures. We shall not only seek compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity but also consider:
- Service earnings
- Pension contributions
- Other service benefits
We are able to help you bring claims on a no win no fee basis and are more than happy to visit you wherever you are in the UK.
How much is a military injury claim worth?
We know how important it is to have an idea of what you may be able to claim, especially where you need the money to fund essential treatment, equipment, care support and your other needs.
The value of your claim will depend on the level of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life and are expected to have in future.
You can claim for financial losses you have experienced, such as treatment costs and loss of income, as well as expected future financial losses, such as having to give up your career.
You can also claim for non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, and changes to your lifestyle.
For a general indication of how much your military injury claim may be worth, please take a look at our handy claims valuation tool.
Time limits for claiming military injury compensation
You will usually have 3 years from the date the injury occurred to make a claim, however, there are exceptions that can give you longer to claim.
If you only later became aware of the injury or that it was due to someone else’s negligence, the 3-year limit only counts from the date you reasonably should have been aware of this, referred to as the ‘date of knowledge’.
Where you need to claim for the death of a loved one in a fatal military accident, the time limit is usually 3 years from the date of death.
For claims on behalf of someone who has been left without the mental capacity to make a claim (e.g. following a serious brain injury), there is usually no time limit to claim.
Funding for military injury compensation claims
We are able to offer conditional fee agreements, commonly referred to as ‘no win, no fee’ deals. This allows you to start a claim without having to pay anything upfront, so there is no financial risk to you.
With a no win, no fee military injury claim, you only have to pay our legal fees if we secure compensation for you. Our fees will then be based on a percentage of the damages we win for you, meaning you will always get to keep the majority of your compensation.
Military injury claims FAQs
Feeling confused or uncertain about claiming compensation for a military injury? We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions on our personal injury claims page.
Why use Wheelers Solicitors for your military injury compensation claim
Our personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in military injury claims, including the most complex and high value claims against the Ministry of Defence.
All of our clients get the personal attention of a qualified solicitor, ensuring you have the very best legal advice and support for every stage of your claim.
Our particular experience with military injury claims means we know exactly how the claims process works and can ensure all of the right details are taken care of, so your claim can go ahead faster and more smoothly.
Thanks to our strong skills in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), we can usually resolve claims out of court, making things easier on you and helping you to get compensation faster and with lower legal fees. However, we also have very strong court experience, so if court proceedings are required, we can offer the very best support and representation.
Wheelers Solicitors is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal standards.