Whilst you may be used to putting yourself in a certain amount of danger as a member of the armed forces, if you suffer an injury which is not directly related to combat with the enemy then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Whilst not all military accidents are eligible, sharing your story with an armed forces accident claims specialist can help you to find out whether you have a valid claim. Many armed forces accident claims specialists offer free initial consultation sessions to enable servicemen and servicewomen, and former military personnel to seek professional advice about their claims. These sessions are private and you do not have to let your employer know about them if you decide not to make a claim.
Areas Of A Claim
Due to the nature of military life, there are many different types of incidents which could pose a health risk to military personnel. However, as an employer, the Ministry of Defence still has a duty of care for its employees when they are in non-combat situations, and if you are injured at work then you have the same rights as other workers do to pursue compensation from the party (or parties) who were responsible for your injury.
For example, military accidents and injuries which relate to the cold or to extreme heat are a very common type of claim. Extremes in temperature can lead to tissue damage, long term pain, loss of limbs and even loss of life in some circumstances. It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence to properly equip members of the armed forces so that they are able to deal with the weather conditions. Failure to properly consider adverse weather may be considered to be negligent behaviour on the part of your employer.
Training exercises are also a very common time for military accidents to occur. Whilst training is often designed to simulate the harsh conditions which may be faced in the field, these exercises should also be meticulously planned to ensure that all participants remain safe. If the proper organisational procedures have not been followed, then there is the chance that serious accidents could occur. If you have been injured in a training accident, then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
What Can You Claim For?
If you suffer a military accident in the armed forces, the claim which you make is not only limited to compensation for physical injuries. If you have suffered from any mental injuries as a result of the accident, these can also form part of your claim.
If you have been discharged from your position as a result of your injuries, then your compensation lawyer can also work with you to try to make sure that you receive regular income payments in future.
Claiming For Accidents During Combat
Due to special rules, the majority of injuries which are sustained “in the theatre of war” are not considered to be eligible for military accident compensation, however each case should be considered on its own merit. For example, it may be possible to make a claim for an injury which was sustained as result of a defective piece of equipment which was provided to you for use during your role.
If you are unsure whether your injury is one which is eligible or exempt then you may want to get in contact with an experienced military accident claims specialist to discuss your case. The sooner you decide to act, the better.
Claims Whilst Still In Service
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to make a claim for compensation whilst you are still serving as a serviceman or servicewoman. In fact, strict time limits actually apply for many compensation claims, so if you wait until you have left the service before you attempt to make a claim, then you may end up missing your chance to get the compensation which you deserve. For more information about these deadlines, get in contact with a military accident claims specialist.
Making a claim for compensation whilst you are still active in the military should not affect your other rights in any way, and you should not be discriminated against for making a claim.