Do I have to make a claim within a certain time?
Yes. You only have three years from the date of your injury to make a military personal injury claim through the civil courts. If you have suffered from an injury that does not immediately show itself but develops after a period of time (such as diseases that flow from exposure to asbestos), you have three years to make a claim from the time you knew about the injury.
However, you have seven years in which to put in a claim to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
You do not have to leave service before making a claim and should seek confidential legal advice as soon as possible following an injury.
How much will it cost me if I’m not successful?
There are different ways to fund a military personal injury claim.
We can provide free legal advice for military personnel who are part of a trade union and if you have a claim to make, you can do so through your union’s legal service. When representing members of our trade union clients, Thompsons ensures that 100 per cent of damages awarded are received by the claimant.
If you are not a trade union member, Thompsons’ experts can still help you. We work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which means you only make a limited contribution to our costs if you win and pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful.
Rest assured, you will not incur any hidden costs when pursuing any type of personal injury claim with Thompsons Solicitors.
Should I worry about claiming against my superiors?
Everyone in employment has a legal right to expect their employer to provide them with a safe working environment. The risk of personal injury in every workplace should be properly assessed and mitigated, as far as ‘reasonably practicable.'
As an employer, the Ministry of Defence understands the significant risks involved in military service and is not only used to receiving claims for compensation following military injury but, in the huge majority of cases, quickly accepts if it is to blame. Claims are then progressed in a straightforward manner.
Remember, you will not be making this claim alone. Our specialist military injury solicitors will guide you through every step of a claim, helping you to make informed choices about the best course of action to achieve the compensation that you deserve.
Any advice we give to you is in confidence. Once we’ve considered the information you have given us about your injury we will advise you on whether we think there is a claim to pursue. The final decision as to whether to make a claim will be entirely yours.
Why choose Thompsons?
Thompsons Solicitors secures hundreds of millions of pounds in damages each year and helps put clients in touch with specialist services that can support them through a difficult period in their lives. We are proud to have more experience of winning personal injury claims than any other law firm. We also differ from other law firms because we only ever act on behalf of the injured and mistreated, and never for insurance firms or employers.
Our specialist military injury solicitors understand the complex nature of cases involving military personnel and have significant expertise winning civil cases against the Ministry of Defence and helping serving personnel to navigate the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
We are proud to have legal representation on the Royal British Legion Solicitors’ Group and to regularly provide assistance to injured service personnel attending Headley Court.