Serving in the military is a noble, exhilarating, but dangerous occupation. On top of the obvious dangers of engaging in combat, soldiers and other members of the armed forces are subject to the same risk of accidents at work as anyone else.
Can I pursue a claim for compensation against the military?
Until 1987 the Ministry of Defence was immune from all personal injury claims due to the Crown Proceedings Act 1947, which provided the crown with immunity from suit. It is now possible to pursue a work-related military claim for compensation if you’ve been injured during service in the armed forces.
But what happens if your accident occurred at war?
Accidents during war
The military is subject to the same stringent health & safety regulations as any other employer. This means that the military must:
- Provide all service personnel with the correct equipment to help them complete their job and ensure that the equipment is maintained and safe to work with
- Ensure that a safe and tidy work environment is maintained
- Provide proper training for those who are required to lift heavy objects
- Ensure that service personnel are provided with the correct safety clothing to complete their job. This includes safety gloves, dust masks, hard hats and eye protectors
If you’ve suffered an injury or become ill as the result of not being provided the correct equipment, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation, even if the accident occurred at war.
Why choose Accident Advice Helpline?
At Accident Advice Helpline, we understand the vital role which our armed forces play to keep our country safe. We offer a reliable, accountable and above all dependable service. We have over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, including workplace accidents involving the military.
All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful.
We understand that reliving the trauma of an accident in the military can be a daunting experience. Our expert legal team ensures that the majority of claims are settled outside court, sparing you the distress of having to make a court appearance and relive the anguish of your accident.
Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500, to speak with one of our advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice