In April 2013, the Daily Mail was highly indignant about the £340 million bill for compensation claims made by members or ex-members of the armed forces in the previous seven years. It claimed that Britain had a “rampant compensation culture,” but what it has failed to consider is that for many years, the armed forces did not see action. Now there is a British presence in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the ordinary military person is more likely to have grounds to make an HM forces claim.
An HM forces claim could be made for loss of limbs, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or for other psychological problems that members of HM armed forces have after periods of active service.
Making an HM forces claim
An HM forces claim can be made against the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or one of its suppliers, if the HM forces claim is made because of faulty or defective equipment.
If you want to make a claim for personal injury compensation while employed by the MOD, then there are military injury solicitors who specialise in such claims.
Accident Advice Helpline is a specialist law firm and we have solicitors who are experienced in handling HM forces claims; they have the expertise that you need. Indeed, as one of the top firms in the UK, there is no one better than Accident Advice Helpline to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Are you entitled to claim?
The Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Act 1987 allows members or ex-members of HM armed forces to claim personal injury compensation if:
- the accident occurred in the UK or while serving overseas
- the accident occurred while you were at work or on manoeuvres
- the accident can in no way have been your fault
In 2009 on the 3rd December, Baroness Taylor replied to a question in the House of Lords, on behalf of the government that, ‘The military careers of Armed Forces personnel who claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or through the courts, should not suffer as a result of that claim.’ That position has not changed.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you were or are a member of the armed forces and wish to make an HM forces claim, but are not certain about any aspect of the process, then you could contact us at Accident Advice Helpline.
We will work hard on your behalf and we promise to support you throughout the claim process. You can discuss your claim today with one of our advisers, with no obligation to move forward with a claim.
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Why not find out more about us from our website, and when you have satisfied yourself about our credentials, you may want to call us on one of our helpline numbers.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to connect with the claim experts at Accident Advice Helpline today. Our initial advice is free.