Military Training Accident Claims

Military training accident claims
LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott
Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott

Military training accident claims may seem complex since they involve an occupation that seems dangerous by nature. However, any injury or illness that is sustained while you are a serving member of the armed forces should be taken seriously, as the Military of Defence has a duty of care towards all personnel.

What is defined as a military training accident?

If you’ve been injured in a training accident while serving in the Army, Navy, RAF reserve and Special Forces, you may be able to seek compensation and make a claim against the MoD. There are a few varieties of training exercise that can cause accidents. These include:

  • Land Transport

    It is important for those in the armed forces to practice using lots of different forms of transport. These can include cars, LGV’s, armoured vehicles and plant equipment. In cases where due care is not taken, accidents and injuries have been known to happen.

  • Aircraft

    As with land vehicles, aircraft is sometimes used for flight simulations or training exercises. In serious cases, there have been fatal accidents that have occurred.

  • Diving

    Some members of the armed forces undertake diving courses that allow them to fulfil their role. If care is not taken to avoid accident and injury in these scenarios, then there is a chance that a personal injury claim can be made.

  • Firing Weapons

    Live firing may take place during training exercises, but unfortunately they have been known to cause noise induced hearing loss and, in very serious cases, fatal accidents.

    All of these serious scenarios can arise when the correct safety standards are not upheld and a risk assessment is not carried out. The Ministry of Defence is still an employer, and they have to legally prove that they have fulfilled their duty of care like any other.

Read more about Armed Forces Injury Claims 

Employer’s Duty of Care

An employer’s duty of care involves them having to prove that they are doing all that they reasonably can to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. This includes both physical risks, and also mental health risks such as the risk of PTSD that service personnel may be exposed to. They must prove that they are effectively doing all that they can to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, and do what is reasonable to achieve this. If you have served in the armed forces – whether that be the royal air force, the royal navy, the corps of royal marines or the British army – our military claims solicitors can help you to get the compensation that you need for your avoidable injury or illness. A military training accident claims settlement is dependent on time limits, so you must make sure that you make your statement within 3 years from the date that you sustained the initial injury. This will ensure that you are well within the limits for making a claim and our trained solicitors will be able to help you.

Read more on our PTSD compensation claims page.

If you have served in the armed forces and sustained an accident during training, then get in touch with our military training accident claims solicitors today for help and advice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you sue the military for an industrial disease compensation claim?

Yes, there are some scenarios in which you can sue the military for an industrial disease that you have suffered from due to their negligence. An example of this would be noise induced hearing loss that has occurred during a training exercise.

How much compensation can you get for a military training accident?

The amount of compensation that you can get for a military training accident depends on a number of different factors, so it is best to talk to our trained military training accident claims solicitor about your options.