A landmark ruling made at the Court of Appeal means that wounded soldiers could be entitled to larger injury compensation payouts in the future.
Three judges agreed yesterday (October 12th) that injury compensation awards for personnel wounded in the line of duty should take into account not only their individual injuries, but also the long-term impact on their lives.
It followed an attempt by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to block increased payouts to Corporal Anthony Duncan of the Light Dragoons and Marine Matthew McWilliams.
Royal British Legion director-general Chris Simpkins commented: "We now have a judicial foothold for our ongoing efforts to improve the armed forces compensation scheme.
"Our armed forces never fail to place themselves in harm’s way on behalf of the nation."
It follows news that three former army recruits who were injured in an RAF helicopter crash have launched a legal bid for injury compensation.