The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) offers compensation for any illnesses or injuries, such as minor fractures, amputations and mental health conditions, which were sustained due to participating in service-related activities, following 6 April 2005.
Compensation claims may be submitted by any former or current members, including reservists, of the UK armed forces.
In case of service related deaths, benefits are paid to eligible partners and/or children. Eligible partners are those cohabiting with you in a substantial, exclusive relationship, encompassing financial and other, wider dependence.
Claims for compensation under the AFCS must be made within seven years of the incident leading to the injury or illness.
In case of late onset illnesses, claims may be made within three years of medical advice being sought. Late onset illnesses are malignancies or physical disorders capable of having been caused by accidents at work or occupational exposure more than seven years before the actual onset of the disorder in question.
AFCS award types
There are two main types of available AFCS benefits, namely Lump Sum or Guaranteed Income Payments, or GIPs.
- Lump Sum payment: The AFCS provides tax free Lump Sum payments for the suffering and pain caused by service related injuries or illnesses. Calculated to reflect the injury or illness’ severity, payments may range between £31,200 and an upper limit of £570,000.
- Guaranteed Income Payments: GIPs provide a guaranteed stream of income for individuals with the most serious of service injuries and illnesses. GIPs are index linked and tax free. These monthly payments are calculated using a number of factors, including the injury’s effect on prospects of future promotion. The payments are made from the point the injured individual is discharged, for life.
In some cases, service work related injuries or illnesses contributing to medical discharges may be automatically considered by Veterans UK, without claim forms having to be submitted.
In all other cases, claims have to be made via the AFCS/WPS 01 Form, which has to be dated and signed by the claimant, an eligible partner or someone else who is authorised to submit the claim on their behalf, such as a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s legal team, for instance.
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Our law firm was established in 2000 to assist members of the public, including those serving in the armed forces, with claiming personal and work injury compensation.
Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers regarding your military-related compensation claim.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice