Whilst serving in the armed forces is a undoubtedly a dangerous career, those working within the Navy, Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and the Ministry of Defence still have a right to expect their health and safety to be protected when they are not in a combat situation.
We recognise that accidents in the course of your employment for the armed forces can have devastating and life-changing consequences for you and your family. It may be that your life-long ambition of serving within the armed forces has been taken away from your through no fault of your own or that you have been unable to progress through the ranks as you would have done.
At Lime, we understand the impact that this can have and aim to provide immediate support by getting in touch with the Ministry of Defence and arranging interim payments and early treatment to help get you back on track.
We offer a free assessment as to the prospects of your claim succeeding. Sometimes you may not even think that you would be entitled to claim compensation but we can advise you further. You can still make a claim even if you are still serving in the armed forces and this should not impact your career.
What is the time limit to make an armed forces compensation claim?
It is important that you seek advice as to whether you have a claim as quickly as possible. There are specific time periods for claims to be pursued and in some cases, the time period can be as short as 12 months from the date of the accident. Please contact us as soon as possible on 0808 164 0808.
How much compensation will I be awarded?
The amount of compensation you could receive will depend on your exact circumstances. If you wish to discuss an armed forces injury compensation claim with a member of our team we will consider all elements of potential compensation including:
- care and assistance costs
- home adaptations
- loss of earnings
- rehabilitation and treatment costs
As a result of the accident, you may have been discharged from the Army and left wondering what career you should choose next. We are able to obtain expert employment evidence as to your options and to support your claim for loss of earnings for life together with any pension loss and benefits of employment which can be overlooked, such as accommodation.
What could I claim compensation for?
Some of the types of claims we advise on are:
- armed forces cold exposure injury claims/non-freezing cold injury
- armed forces medical negligence claims
- armed forces noise induced hearing loss compensation claims
- armed forces training injury claims
- parachute accidents
- asbestos claims against the Ministry of Defence (MOD)
- injuries caused by unsafe or defective equipment or accommodation
- inquests and fatality claims
- chronic fatigue conditions
- PTSD and psychological conditions following service
- boxing accidents
- lariam (mefloquine) compensation claims
- road traffic accident compensation claims
If you wish to speak to our team of specialist lawyers to discuss the potential of you bringing an Armed Forces injury compensation claim please call our Personal Injury (PI), Industrial Disease and Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers for a FREE, no-obligation chat on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 or request a call back, and one of our specialist team of advisors will call you.
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
The armed forces have an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme which is a no-fault scheme for injured personnel. This scheme deals with injuries, illnesses or deaths that have occurred in service on or after 6 April 2005 and is a tariff-based system that provides compensation for both physical and mental injuries. It should be noted that a member of the armed forces does not have to have left military service before claiming under the scheme.
There are two main types of Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Benefits:
- lump sum payments
- guaranteed income payments.
Details of the scheme can be obtained by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/armed-forces-compensation/armed-forces-compensation-what-you-need-to-know. Members of the armed forces generally have seven years to make a claim; although there are some exceptions, such as, the late onset of illness provided that a claim is submitted within three years of the medical advice. Dependency claims are also required to be made within three years of the date of the death.