Military and Army Injury Claims
Our military injury solicitors specialise in winning army injury compensation claims, as well as claims against the Royal Navy and RAF.
Can I make a military negligence claim?
In the UK, military service personnel and veterans can make civil claims for damages against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) if they believe they have been harmed as a result of military negligence.
Examples of military negligence include:
- Failing to provide proper equipment and clothing.
- Failing to provide sufficient training.
- Ordering service personnel to undertake unnecessary risks during training exercises.
- Failing to provide proper medical care and treatment for injuries – this is known as military medical negligence.
If you have suffered an injury or illness during military service which wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to military and army injury compensation. We can help you make a military injury claim – simply request a call back and we’ll be in touch shortly to talk you through your options.
“Thompsons Solicitors has been with me every step of the way. Obtaining this judgement against the MoD means I will now be able to provide for my wife and children.” Michael, our military injury client
Why choose Thompsons’ military injury solicitors?
At Thompsons, we have a strong track record of winning cases against the MoD.
We understand the impact that military injuries can have on you and your family – and we are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Our dedicated military injury lawyers have unrivalled knowledge of this very specialist area of law. We can provide expert legal advice on issues including combat immunity and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).
We are proud to have representation on the Royal British Legion Solicitors’ Group, and we regularly help injured service personnel attending Headley Court.
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Frequently asked questions about military and army injury compensation claims
A military injury claim, also known as an army injury claim or military negligence claim, is a legal process where a member of the armed forces makes a claim against the MoD for an injury suffered during their service.
If your military injury claim is successful, you will be awarded financial compensation. You may also be able to access additional rehabilitative support for your injury.
Our military injury solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.
When you contact Thompsons, we will support you through every stage of your claim. We will guide you through the legal process and fight for you to receive the maximum compensation possible.
If you’ve suffered a military injury that you believe wasn’t your fault, contact Thompsons Solicitors’ military injury experts today to discuss your options for making a claim.
If you have been hurt during your military service, here are some things you can do to make your military injury claim as strong as possible:
- Seek medical treatment immediately and take photographs of your injuries if possible.
- Report your injury or illness to the military as soon as it occurs.
- Contact Thompsons for expert, no-obligation legal advice.
- Collect the contact details of witnesses.
- Keep a record of any costs you incur because of your injury.
There are various ways to fund a military negligence claim.
If you are part of a trade union, you can make a claim through your union’s legal service.
If you are not a trade union member, Thompsons Solicitors’ experts can help you make your injury claim on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. A no win, no fee arrangement means you only make a limited contribution to our costs if you win, and you’ll pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful.
Thompsons Solicitors is always honest and upfront about legal fees – you will not incur any hidden costs when pursuing personal injury claims with us.
You can make a military negligence claim for injuries suffered while serving with the army, navy or RAF, including the reserve forces.
Military or army injury compensation claims can be made for injuries sustained during training exercises or active duty.
Types of injury you can claim for include:
- Injuries caused by the negligent discharge of firearms.
- Non-freezing cold injury (sometimes known as trench foot).
- Freezing cold injury (also known as frostbite).
- Falls from height.
- Injuries caused in military vehicle accidents.
Yes. If you are a serving or former member of the military and believe that you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, our experts can help determine whether you can make a military or army injury claim.
We recommend that you contact Thompsons Solicitors as soon as possible, so that we can work with you to establish the facts of the case and provide legal advice.
Yes. Personal injury compensation claims through the civil courts must be started within three years of sustaining an injury.
For both civil claims and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme claims, if your injury or illness is not immediately apparent, you have three years to claim from the date you become aware of it. In some cases, such as an asbestos-related disease, this could be many years after your service.
The first difference between civil military injury claims and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) claims is who the claim is submitted to. A military or army injury compensation claim is made through the civil courts, whereas the AFCS claim is managed by the MoD.
The second difference is whether anyone is found at fault for your injury or illness. Civil claims determine whether the MoD was legally at fault for your injuries, whereas the AFCS operates a ‘non-fault’ system.
Lastly, there are differences in how compensation is awarded and how much you are likely to receive.
The AFCS pays compensation based on a tariff system. A civil claim is not constrained by such a tariff and will consider the full impact of your injuries in every aspect of your life. From our experience, civil claims tend to attract significantly higher awards of compensation.
We usually advise our military injury clients to progress both claims initially; however, you cannot be compensated twice for the same injuries.
If you make a civil claim, you will have to declare any compensation received from the AFCS and this will be taken into account when deciding how much compensation you should receive.
You do not have to leave the military to make a claim – this is a myth which has disadvantaged service personnel for years.
Because of the strict time limits around making a claim, it is vital that injured service personnel seek legal advice as soon as possible following an injury. Waiting until you have left military service to bring your case may mean that you are over the time limit and can no longer claim.
Compensation amounts vary from case to case.
Generally, the more severe and life-changing the injury, the more compensation you can expect to receive.
Our military injury solicitors will be able to give you a good idea of how much compensation you could secure after reviewing the details of your military injury case.
Thompsons Solicitors was founded 100 years ago and has since built up a reputation as one of the UK’s leading personal injury and workplace accident law firms.
Each year we secure hundreds of millions of pounds in damages and help put clients in touch with specialist services to support them through a very challenging period in their lives.
We are proud to only ever act for the injured. We refuse to represent insurance firms or employers.