A former Royal Marine left brain damaged after a Land Rover accident in Afghanistan is pursuing an injury compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Tom Birch still has no memory of the day in 2006 when the Land Rover he was driving fell 100 feet down an embankment in the country.
As well as a depressed skull fracture and cerebral haemorrhage, he suffered a collapsed lung and even after three years of intensive care, he still has difficulty speaking and concentrating.
His lawyers say that he was not qualified to drive the Land Rover, a practice they claim senior officers in the MoD turned a "blind eye" to, and also argue that the vehicle was under-equipped for such dangerous terrain.
Mr Birch was offered a lump sum payment of just under GBP 89,000 but has decided to take his injury compensation case further, at a time when the subject is under intense press scrutiny.
The MoD announced recently that it is bringing forward a review of compensation for members of the armed forces to begin immediately.