Anybody employed by the military of England and Wales is employed by the Ministry of Defence, which just like any other employer has a responsibility to protect its employees from an illness or injury at work.
The Crown Proceedings Act of 1987 strengthened the rights of those employed by the military, by making it possible to pursue a personal injury claim against the Ministry of Defence. Therefore, if you have suffered an accident at work while working in the military, you could be entitled to compensation.
Are there any exceptions?
The short answer is yes. You will probably find it extremely difficult to make an injury claim if your injury was sustained during active conflict. This is known as ‘combat immunity’. However, each case is assessed individually, so it is worth finding out whether you have the basis for a work accident claim.
What kind of personal injury claims are military personnel likely to suffer?
Due to the nature of military work, the types of accidents at work that can occur are extremely varied. However, they can include, but are not limited to: road accidents, chemical accidents, accidents involving explosives, cold weather injuries, as well as helicopter and training accidents.
What can I do if I have suffered an injury at work?
If you have suffered an accident in the workplace while being employed by the Ministry of Defence, or by any other organisation, you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry. Our telephone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and our specialist operators can be spoken to in complete confidence. We also have a quick and easy 30-second test compensation calculator on our website, so you can see how much you could be entitled to.
We work on a strict 100 per cent no win no fee** basis and the majority of claims won’t go to court. If you have had a workplace accident, or an accident in any other public place, that wasn’t your fault, get in touch today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could claim compensation.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice