Serving in the armed forces is risky at the best of times. However, as with other jobs, the employer – in this case the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has a duty of care for your protection. Here at Ashley Ainsworth we can help guide you through the process of making a military injury compensation claim.
Those who choose to go to battle in the field are considered to be aware of the risks involved. Therefore, injuries sustained whilst serving on the frontline cannot be claimed for through a personal injury claim. In these cases, the MOD has its own compensation scheme in place for injured service personnel.
However, work activities for military are far more in depth than just combat. There are a whole range of duties that are part and parcel of a job with the military and if you are injured in any of these, the MOD can be held accountable for the effects of your accident. This is when you should be able to claim military accident compensation.
Examples of Military Accident Claims
There are a number of examples where military personnel could suffer an injury from an accident whilst on their duties away from the field. These include:
- Training accidents
- Friendly fire
- Faulty or defective equipment
- Criminal injuries
- Medical negligence
- Aircraft accidents
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Deafness/Tinnitus caused by loud noise
- Falling from height
- Being crushed by falling objects
- Chemical accidents/spills
There are of course many more types of accident that you could have whilst working for the military. If you have been injured in any military accident it is worth contacting us to see whether we can help you claim for your injuries.
With the government sending military to the frontline in Afghanistan on a regular basis, and with troops to increase over the next year, it may become so that more and more are injured due to insufficient equipment and safety tools. There have already been calls for equipment to be increased and the government have so far been reluctant to do so.
Furthermore, with the rush to get troops overseas to fight some may feel that they are not ready for armed combat. If it can be proven that you have received insufficient training for the work you are about to carry out, you may be able to make military negligence claims.
Making a Military Injury Compensation Claim
As an employer, the MOD has the responsibility for your safety when you are on duty with them. All accidents that happen under the care, with the exception of those that happen in armed combat, are liable for compensation claims.
When making a military injury compensation claim it is important that you secure the services of a solicitor who has the experience in dealing with such claims. At Ashley Ainsworth we can put you in contact with some of the best UK personal injury solicitors who will be able to get you the compensation you deserve for you injuries.