While members of the Royal Air Force are trained for combat situations, where injuries and even deaths are expected to some extent, they are ultimately employees of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). As such, they should be protected against accidents at work just like employees in any other industry.
Five potential injuries for Royal Air Force members include, but are not limited to:
- Training: Should a member of the Royal Air Force be injured by a work accident that could have been prevented with adequate training, they may be able to claim for compensation. Injuries at work could, for instance, be sustained during training, where explosions, falls from height and even slips or trips can be responsible for injuries.
- Vehicles: The Royal Air Force use a range of vehicles both during training and during combat situations. A vehicle accident may result in occupational injuries, which a member of the Royal Air Force could potentially claim work injury compensation for.
- Aircraft: Sadly, aircraft accidents injuring members of the Royal Air Force are reported with alarming frequency. Such accidents often have tragic consequences, and injured individuals or their next of kin could subsequently make a compensation claim.
- Defective equipment: Accidental discharge of defective weapons, electrocution by faulty electronic equipment, or parachute failure, could all result in potentially serious work related injuries that could be claimed against.
- Post traumatic stress disorder: Combat situations and even accidents during training exercises or typical working days can lead to mental illness, such as combat stress or post traumatic stress disorder. Should this happen, the affected Royal Air Force member may be entitled to compensation.
In essence, Royal Air Force members are eligible to claim compensation for injuries sustained at work if their injury was caused by a non-combat related accident through no fault of their own. Claims are processed under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and must be initiated within:
- Five years of the accident or event responsible for the injury
- Five years of the date medical advice for a work related illness was sought
- Five years of leaving the service
In case of accidental death, dependants may claim compensation within these time limits.
How to claim
Claims under the AFCS have to be made using the specified claim form, which must be completed, signed and dated by the claimant or another authorised individual. Such an individual can be, for example, an Accident Advice Helpline solicitor.
Our law firm has been assisting members of the Royal Air Force and their dependants in securing compensation for 15 years. If you believe you may be eligible to claim, call to speak with us today via Freephone number 0800 689 0500 for advice and assistance.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice