Engineer begins MoD compensation battle

A Leeds engineer who suffered a severe injury in Iraq has begun a landmark injury compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence and a private consultancy.

Six years ago, Graham Hopps was employed by Mott MacDonald when he lost his right shoulder in a roadside bomb while travelling on a dangerous route in an unarmoured Land Rover.

Mr Hopps commented: "There were reports of roadside bombs going off in the area at the time.

"In some kind of fatal lottery, my employers and the MoD took unnecessary risks by deciding that others, not me, would get the protection."

It is hoped that the case could pave for the way other contractors who work in dangerous areas like Afghanistan to claim injury compensation.

The MoD is also dealing with a number of compensation claims in relation to at least 104 civilian deaths in Afghanistan in the last year and a half.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19248011-ADNFCR

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