A Plymouth commando is seeking a £145,000 payout from the MOD after an injury on a Royal Marines training course ended his career. Robert Fegan enlisted in the Junior Command Course in order to progress from marine to corporal. As a commando, he survived tours of Afghanistan and wished to further his 16-year career in the military which required that he take part in the training course. However, he fell during the course and badly hurt his knee bringing his career to an end. During the night navigation exercise, Mr Fegan reports feeling some rocks slipping causing him to fall. However, as he was carrying a heavy load at the time, he was unable to prevent the fall and now claims that better protection should have been put in place. As Mr Fegan reported a prior knee injury, his legal team suggest that the course should have been modified to accommodate this. He also claims that, due to his prior knee problems, he should not have been permitted to undertake the exercise at all. The MOD contests by stating that Mr Fegan should not have undertaken the exercise due to his awareness of the knee condition. The case continues.
Why you must have evidence of negligence
If you have an accident at work and you feel that it could be someone else’s fault, you may be able to make a claim. However, you also must take some responsibility for your own safety. This means following the health and safety regulations and using common sense to ensure that you keep yourself safe to the best of your ability. This MOD compensation case is a good example of how a fall at work can cost someone their career or their ability to work in the future. If you feel that someone else was at fault, you were not trained properly or you were not informed of the risks prior to undertaking an activity, you must keep evidence of any negligence that has taken place to make your compensation claim a much smoother process.
Accident at work compensation
Nobody wants to lose their job over a slip, trip or fall, but Accident Advice Helpline can assist you if someone else was at fault for your accident. Compensation can help you cope financially with the loss of wages incurred as a result of your injury and with any unforeseen costs associated with the incident. Just call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to obtain no-obligation advice from our team about your compensation claim.
Source: Plymouth Herald
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown