Suffering an injury at work is never a pleasant experience for a number of reasons. On a physical level, it can, of course, be extremely painful and require a significant recovery period. On an emotional and more personal level, they can be confidence-shattering and somewhat embarrassing.
All of this is amplified for those in the military. In the aftermath of a military training accident, there’s no option for working from home or altering the nature of the job whilst you recover. Not only that, but the nature of the job means that the consequences of a military training accident are usually considerably more serious than tripping over a loose wire in the office.
Can I make an injury claim for a military training accident?
The short answer is yes. Since 1987, members of the armed forces have had the capability of pursuing a claim for compensation against the Ministry of Defence following an injury suffered either at home or when serving overseas. This includes injuries suffered during military training accidents.
The consequences of suffering an injury during military training can be both catastrophic and devastating. Depending on the severity, they have the potential to change everything about a person’s lifestyle and mobility. Often, they will require a lengthy stay in hospital and a significant rehabilitation period.
During these times, it can be comforting to know that help is at hand to guide you through the process of claiming the compensation you deserve.
Will making an injury claim for a military training accident affect my career?
The short answer is no. Members of the armed forces are free to bring a case against the Ministry of Defence without suffering any negative impact on 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.
Much like standard work accident claims, compensation claims for injuries suffered during military training should be made within three years of the accident occurring. The injuries also need to demonstrably be the fault of someone else, or the result of negligence.
You can find a quick answer to your eligibility for a claim using the 30 second claim calculator from Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisors can also be contacted via telephone on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if calling from a mobile.
Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Accident Advice