Military injury claims

Our industrial disease team have helped many people who have suffered from military accidents. At AWH we understand how much suffering can negatively impact your life, which is why we will do everything we can to get you compensated in the way you need and deserve.

Supporting you throughout your military injury claim

Our team are experienced in helping a vast range of military personnel from across the forces, so we understand how to tailor advice and support to individual situations.

We have helped personnel from the British Army, Navy and RAF make military accident claims after suffering due to working conditions, however we have the knowledge and expertise to help those from any sector of the armed forces.

Whether it be in training or in combat, an injury or condition caused by your role in the military can have damaging effects for you and your family. We understand this, which is why we will be beside you giving you the support you need from the get-go.

Types of military accidents

There are many types of accidents which can affect members of the military. The most common types of military accident claims we see at AWH are those involving:

  • Hearing loss
  • Training accidents
  • Combat accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Amputations
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Chemical accidents
  • Fire incidents
  • Faulty or inadequate equipment/machinery
  • Non-freezing cold injuries
  • Parachuting accidents
  • Exposure to harmful substances
  • Criminal injuries
  • Fatal injuries

However you have suffered, we want to help. It isn’t right for someone to experience pain and suffering because of their employer’s negligence. No matter what sort of injury you or they have suffered, contact our team today to find out how we can assist you.

What you can claim for

Like with all industrial disease and personal injury claims, when you claim for your military accident you could get compensated for:

  • Physical pain
  • Psychological suffering
  • Past and future loss of earnings
  • Pension loss
  • Delay or loss of promotion
  • Costs of past, present and future care and treatment
  • Equipment and/or adapted housing

It is worth noting that if you can prove that you were injured at or made ill from work in the military after May 1987 and you only became aware of the fact it’s made you sick in the past 3 years, we can help you make a claim. If you began working in the military before but left after 1987, we can help you claim for the period between 1987 and the year you left. For example, if you began serving in 1979 and left in 1997, you can only claim for illness or injury suffered from 1987 to 1997.

Our industrial disease solicitors understand how much a military accident can affect you, possibly for life, which is why we are committed to helping you get on the right track again.

We want to help you be able to focus on your healing process without having to worry about running into financial issues. With our help, you can get the compensation you need to move forward.

Examples of military personal injury claims

Hearing loss claims

Military staff can often suffer hearing loss as a result of repeated exposure to excessive noise. It is also possible to suffer hearing loss due to a single instance of exposure to a very loud noise. As well as hearing loss, people can often suffer from tinnitus, which is a buzzing or ringing sound in your ears.

Symptoms of hearing loss and occupational deafness can develop during training or whilst on tour. The damage can occur even if you have been provided with protection, because it may be that it wasn’t adequate.

We understand how painful and irritating suffering from industrial deafness can be, so want to assist you in your occupational hearing loss claim. To find out how we can help you get compensated and move forward with your life, contact our team today.

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Amputation claims

Sometimes, employees of the military have to undergo amputations due to injury inflicted upon them. Amputations are obviously life-changing and will likely mean that the employee is no longer able to serve in the military.

It is possible to make a compensation claim if you have suffered an amputation due to an unexpected incident that has occurred in a training or combat situation. We understand that an amputation can have a devastating impact on you and your family, and can flip your lives upside down. That’s why we want to help you pursue a claim so you can move forward.

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Training accidents

Sometimes accidents can happen whilst military personnel are in training, before they even get deployed. Training accidents can happen as a result of lack of preparation or briefing, or poor equipment.

If you have experienced one of the following whilst in training, we can likely help you:

  • Combat/riot training
  • Parachuting accident
  • Fire-related incident
  • Accident caused by faulty or inadequate equipment or machinery
  • Road traffic accident
  • Sports injury

Although there are procedures in place which aim to reduce the chances of a training accident happening, sometimes these are not followed. If this is the case, then we can help you claim compensation.

Combat accidents

Combat accident claims cannot be made against the Ministry of Defence for injuries you have suffered in a direct combat situation, however you can claim if it can be proven that your employer (MoD) has failed in their duty to protect you as an employee. This includes, but is not limited to, providing you with proper equipment and giving you suitable training.

If you have experienced one of the following whilst in combat in active duty, our team can likely help you:

  • Accident involving fire
  • Road traffic accident
  • Parachuting accident
  • Accident caused by faulty or inadequate equipment or machinery

If you have experienced any of the above or similar and your life has been negatively affected as a direct result, contact our team to find out if you could get compensated.

Non-freezing cold injuries

Non-freezing cold injuries are more commonly known as “trench-foot” or cold weather injuries. They are the most common form of military injury in the UK, and affect people who have been exposed to cold and wet conditions for an extended period of time without being able to dry properly.

There are a range of ways which your employer can help prevent the development of a non-freezing cold injury, such as:

  • Limiting exposure to cold and wet conditions
  • Recognise and treat symptoms early
  • Keep hands and feet as dry as possible

If it is evident that your employer has failed to do the above and your condition has developed as a result, our team will be able to help you make a claim for compensation.

Exposure to harmful substances

Unfortunately, some people who have worked in the military in will have been exposed to harmful substances. This may include chemicals in training or in combat. If your health has been damaged by exposure to harmful chemicals whilst serving in the military, you deserve to be compensated. Our industrial disease team can make that happen.

Some military personnel will have been exposed to asbestos at work. This is particularly the case for those who worked in shipbuilding and general construction in the mid to late 20th century, because asbestos was frequently used in these industries during that time period.

Criminal injuries

If you are unfortunate enough to fall victim to criminal violence whilst serving in the military, you can make a claim for compensation. You have two options, depending on whether you were a victim in the UK or abroad:

  • If you were a victim of criminal violence in the UK or its territories, you can claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Scheme (CICA)
  • If you were a victim of criminal violence whilst deployed in another country, you can claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Overseas) Scheme (CICO)

If you bring a claim using the CICO scheme, it must be countersigned by your Commanding Officer.

Fatal injuries

We understand that losing a loved one in a military accident can be devastating for their family. We know that dealing with your loss can take over, and the grieving process can be extremely difficult, which is why we are here to help you.

As well as offering expert legal guidance, we can offer emotional support and can help take the worry away from your future by getting you financial compensation. Our aim is to make sure that you and your family can grieve in peace and focus on healing.

Getting started with your military accident claim

Time limits for making a claim

There are time limits for making a claim for a military accident, and how long that is depends on a range of variables such as:

  • Where the accident happened
  • How old you were when the accident occurred
  • How you proceed with the claim
  • Who is claiming

If the accident happened whilst you were an adult in England or Wales and you seek to make a general personal injury/industrial disease claim then you have three years from the date of the accident, or the date you discovered your injury or condition, whichever comes latest.

If the accident happened whilst you were under 18 in England and Wales, the three year period begins on the date of your 18th birthday.

If the accident happened on a boat or in the air, the period you have to claim is two years from the date of the accident.

If the accident happened outside of England and Wales, the time limit will depend on which country it occurred in. Some countries have limits of as little as 12 months, so it’s a good idea to seek legal advice as soon as possible after the accident.

If you are claiming under the CICA or CICO schemes following a criminal injury, you must make a claim within two years of the date of the incident.

If you are claiming on behalf of a deceased relative, you have three years from the date of death to bring your claim.

However long the time limit is for your claim, our team will move things forward swiftly so that you can focus on healing and/or recovery.

How we can help you

Here at AWH we understand the impact a military accident can have on your life. Your injury or condition may affect your ability to work, your family and social relationships, and your physical and mental health. It isn’t right that you should have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence or actions, which is why we want to help you get the compensation you deserve.

We want to help you be able to heal and move forward after a life-changing accident. Our team approach every case with due care and sensitivity, providing legal advice and representation as well as emotional support.

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