The results of an injury suffered whilst on military service are often life-changing. Given the dangerous situations, the machinery involved and the physical nature of the job itself, an accident at work for military personnel is a completely different thing to a slip or trip in an office.
Whilst serving in the military you can suffer serious injuries, sometimes these are not a result of combat but rather defective military equipment.
Can I make a claim for injuries from defective military equipment?
Since 1987, members of the armed forces have had the right to pursue injury compensation claims against the Ministry of Defence for injuries suffered whilst serving either abroad or at home in the UK. This, of course, includes injuries resulting from accidents with defective military equipment.
The ruling also made clear that any military personnel who make such a claim can do so free from the concern that it may adversely affect their military career:
“The military careers of Armed Forces personnel who claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or through the Court should not suffer as a result of that claim.” Baroness Taylor
How do I make a claim for injuries from defective military equipment?
Injuries suffered during military service are similar to other workplace injuries in that a successful compensation claim is dependent on certain criteria, including:
- The accident must have occurred within the last three years.
- The accident must be demonstrably the fault of someone else, or the result of negligence. In the case of defective military equipment, this should not be too hard to establish.
- Professional confirmation that the subsequent injuries were a result of the accident.
As well as claiming for the pain of the original injury, compensation for injuries arising from defective military equipment will also take into account the following:
- Care costs
- A delay or loss of promotion
- Loss of pension
- Past and future loss of earnings
- Adapted housing and other aid and equipment that may be required.
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Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Accident Advice