If you are injured during employment or service with the RAF, Army or Navy, you could be eligible to claim for compensation. Here are some of the most common types of claims against the MOD:
- Personal injury claims
- Asbestos claims
- Cold injury claims
- Medical negligence claims
It’s worth noting that you can only claim for personal injury which occurred after 15th May 1987. Your claim will be dealt with in the same way that any other employee makes a claim against their employer, but you can’t claim for injuries caused during ongoing conflict or active operation. You will need to prove that the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or Army were negligent, directly leading to your accident.
The MOD’s duties as an employer
The MOD has a duty to protect their employees and service personnel, the same as any employer, and they must make sure they adhere to the following:
- Employees must be provided with necessary equipment and trained how to use it. Equipment must also be well maintained
- Staff must receive manual handling training if lifting heavy objects
- All staff should be provided with PPE if needed, such as hard hats, goggles or safety boots
- The workplace must be kept clean and tidy, with corridors and floors free from hazards
How to claim for compensation
If your accident occurred after 6th April 2006, you could claim through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Before this date, you may be eligible to claim for a War Pension payment, although this can only be done once you leave service. Claims made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme can be made whilst still in service although a 7-year time limit applies. You can claim for personal injury compensation at the same time as making a claim through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pension system.
How we can help
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