If you were injured while serving as a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, then you may want to consider making an Armed Forces personnel accident claim.
You should not be deterred by thinking that, because you are serving in the military, all accidents and injuries should be accepted as simply part of your job, as this is not necessarily the case.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have many years of experience in assessing and successfully pursuing personal injury claims, including those from members of all branches of the Armed Forces.
Circumstances in which you can claim
The Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Act of 1987 made legal provision for Armed Forces personnel to claim against personal injury sustained during service, if it can be proved that the Ministry of Defence failed to meet their legal duty of care or to meet required standards of health and safety.
Injuries suffered in combat or as part of an active operation are generally covered by “Combat Immunity” and so cannot be claimed for, but this is not always a clear cut rule and there may be exceptions in which a claim could be made.
You may be able to claim for an accident that occurred while you were serving in the Armed Forces if it was directly caused by the negligence of the MoD or a superior officer and if it occurred during the past three years.
Examples of eligible accidents could include: accidents during training that can be put down to a lapse in safety standards or unsafe working practises, faulty equipment or dangerous accommodation, contracting an illness or disease in circumstances that could have been prevented, road traffic accidents, and hearing damage due to not being provided with appropriate ear protection.
How to proceed
If you think that you may have grounds for a claim, then call the free helpline number listed above. Alternatively, you can call 0333 500 0993 from you mobile, or text ‘claim365’ to 88010 and one of our trained advisers will call you back as soon as possible.
They will listen to your account of the accident and, with a few simple questions, will let you know whether you have a valid claim that Accident Advice Helpline would be prepared to help you with. If this is the case, you will be given the option of contacting one of our team of expert lawyers, all of whom work on a strict no win, no fee basis.
In the Armed Forces there sometimes exists a culture where making a compensation claim for injury is frowned upon. But as we have seen, you are legally entitled to compensation if the Ministry of Defence has not lived up to their side of the agreement you entered into when you signed up.
Your Armed Forces personnel accident claim will only encourage them to meet mutually agreed standards of safety and may ultimately save lives as well as getting you the compensation you deserve.
If you think that you may have grounds for an Armed Forces personnel accident claim due to the negligence of a third party, then call our free, 24-hour helpline on: 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our friendly trained advisers today.
Date Published: July 10, 2015
Author: David Brown