Being part of the military is an undeniably dangerous profession. You are placed in real-life combat situations, which can result in severe injury. This is why you should be confident that the Ministry of Defence will protect you. However, this is not always the case and military accidents are a particularly unpleasant part of serving.
Types of military accidents injuries
Whether your accident happened on deployment, during training or in a civilian environment, there are many different ways you can suffer an injury. These injuries can be devastating, which is why our team want to help you. Some types of injury we can advise on include:
- Faulty weapon or equipment
- Training accident
- Criminal injuries
- Road traffic accident
- Trench foot/cold injuries
- Military disease/illness claims
- Brain injury
Can you make a claim for a military accident?
If you suffered an injury from a military accident in the last three years that was the fault of another person or organisation, then you could be able to make a compensation claim.
You may need to provide physical evidence, as well as witness statements, in order to support your case when bringing a claim for your injury. It is therefore important that you begin the process as soon as possible - this helps avoid evidence being lost and memories fading.
If you’re not sure whether you have enough grounds to pursue a military accident claim, speaking to one of our experts can help clarify whether you have a strong case and what your options are. Furthermore, if you’re unsure about proceeding with a claim because of concerns over your employment, our team of experts can help reassure you. You cannot have your employment terminated as a result of pursuing a claim for any injuries you may have sustained.
How much compensation can you claim for a military accident?
Successful claims will see varying levels of compensation awarded, depending on the unique circumstances surrounding your accident, including the period of recovery, the amount of medical treatment needed and whether there will be any long-term effects of the accident.
Any loss of earnings could also be claimed for, which could provide you with the financial stability you may have been missing. We have previously helped a number of military members claim compensation, which could give you an idea what you could claim for.
- One of our clients, a sailor based in Portsmouth, suffered a shattered radius and ulna distal in the left arm and nerve damage to one of his thumbs when he suffered a road accident. We helped him secure £15,000 in compensation.
- We helped another client - a former RAF airman - obtain £500,000 for loss of earnings, pension and military benefits when his career was cut short in a car accident.
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When to start the claims process?
When you’re looking to make a claim following a military accident, it’s best to start it as soon as you can. This way, the details are fresh in your mind and will be easier to gather any witness statements.
However, it may still be possible to make a claim even if you are no longer a member of the military. You could still be able to proceed if your accident occurred within the last three years. If you were under 18 at the time of the accident, you would have three years from your 18th birthday to pursue a claim.
Meanwhile, the limit for Criminal Compensation Claims is two years, and claims made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme have to be made within seven years of the accident.
Why choose Hayward Baker?
After a military accident, it’s understandable that you will be feeling concern about your future and your employment. This is why you need a solicitor with the expertise to fight for you. Here at Hayward Baker, we have an expert team with the necessary knowledge about Ministry of Defence responsibilities and regulations.
We won’t use confusing jargon and will ensure you understand all the details about your case. We also understand the value of communication, so we will make sure you’re updated at every critical stage of the process. We know you don’t want to have to chase us for information.
At Hayward Baker, we also know you want to be treated as an individual, which is why we will tailor our services to suit you.
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If you think you may have a claim for a military accident, get in touch with one of our team today and arrange a free no obligation consultation.