Military accident claims are not as uncommon as you may think. Anyone who joins our armed forces knows that if they are sent into battle they could be injured or killed. But they do not expect to be injured in an avoidable accident that was not their fault, for example, when they are in training.
The military are employers and have the same legal duty as all employers to make sure that the correct health and safety measures are in place while the service men and women are training or on their base. If you have been injured in a military accident that wasn’t your fault, then you have the right to make a claim for personal injury compensation, and Accident Advice Helpline could help you, provided it has been three years or less since your accident. There’s no need to worry about who is at fault for your accident or about the prospect of facing your employer in court, as our professional personal injury lawyers will handle every detail of your claim, ensuring we get you the compensation you are entitled to.
What are military accidents?
If you’ve ever wondered what are military accidents, just remember that everyone has the right to expect to be safe in their workplace. The main difference here is that going into battle, the brave members of our armed forces know they could be injured, and may have to live with the consequences. It’s important that your employer keeps you safe at work as this is their responsibility. A military accident could involve any of the following:
- Injured by a gun during training or whilst cleaning equipment
- Injuries caused by faulty equipment
- Slips, trips and falls on a military base or during training exercises
- Food poisoning after dining on a military base
- Vehicle accidents such as crashes or being hit by a military vehicle
You expect to be safe when not in a direct combat situation, so if you or a member of your family has sustained injury in a military accident, you could make a claim.
Making military accident claims
If you are in the armed forces and contract food poisoning in the canteen, or break a leg because of tripping down some stairs that had loose flooring at the top, you could be entitled to make military accident claims for compensation. These two scenarios are just a couple of the many accidents that could take place and cause you to be injured through no fault of your own. If the injuries caused by military accidents needed medical attention, and the accident took place no more than three years ago, compensation is a legal right, just as it is for employees in all trades and professions throughout the UK. But who is to blame for your accident?
Military accident claims are usually made against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and it’s normal to feel a little concerned about taking steps to claim compensation after your accident. However, Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience helping members of the armed forces and military to claim compensation, so you really have nothing to worry about.
What could you claim compensation for?
As well as claiming compensation for your injuries, you are also able to make military accident claims for the following costs and expenses:
- Medical costs
- Civilian and service earnings
- Any specialist pay/allowances you have lost
- Service benefits you may have lost, such as the loss of your subsidised quarters
Military accident claims can be made by any member of the RAF, Army, Navy or other armed forces, and it may be possible for you to make a claim through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (which we can help with) or to make a civil claim for personal injury compensation. If you are unable to serve in the military after sustaining serious, life-changing injuries then making a claim could see you awarded compensation for your future loss of earnings, which could help you out financially in the future.
The stress of military accident claims
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we recognise that making military accident claims can often be a daunting prospect; after all, you are claiming compensation from the Ministry of Defence. The good news is that the majority of claims are settled out of court and there are strict rules in place to protect service personnel against any kind of discrimination after making military accident claims. There really is nothing to worry about, as our expert lawyers will handle your claim, supporting you throughout the process, and there are no fees to pay upfront either. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, which means you don’t need to worry about how you will afford the cost of legal fees. No matter what your job or rank in the military, making a claim is affordable to you, and you can get the ball rolling on your claim by getting in touch with our expert advisors today.
Getting expert help for your military accident claims
The first and most important thing you should do is get treatment for military accidents as soon as possible. Then if you want to know how to claim compensation for military accidents, speak with Accident Advice Helpline, today. It’s essential that you seek medical advice after being injured, even if your injuries are minor. We will normally need to see evidence of your medical treatment in order to proceed with military accident claims – but remember that even if you have sustained a minor injury, you could still be eligible to claim compensation. We have over 16 years of experience in the personal injury claim industry, and have the expertise and knowledge to handle your claim quickly and efficiently.
What happens next?
For all the information you need about making a compensation claim, call our friendly advisors on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Chatting with us will not put you under any obligation to make a claim, and everything you tell us will be in the strictest confidence. You have nothing to lose by getting in touch with us, so call us today.
Date Published: 5th September 2013