Types of armed forces injury:
If the Ministry of Defence fails to keep you safe and protect you properly during your military service, you could be at risk of sustaining one of the following injuries:
Injuries during military training
Unfortunately training for the military can cause injury. There may be instances (especially during what is known as “adventurous” training) where a situation isn’t properly assessed for risk, or equipment is faulty, or an accident happens beyond your control. These might include injuries sustained while climbing, rafting, skiing or even parachuting.
Parachuting is an essential part of military training. If precautions aren’t taken beforehand, there is a high risk of injury that could be life-changing, or even fatal.
If you’ve been injured as a result of your military training, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our personal injury experts today.
Non-freezing cold injury
Non-freezing cold injury (NFCI) is where damage occurs to body tissue as a result of being frequently exposed to low temperatures, but not quite freezing. This would also include being submerged in cold but not freezing water (known as a cold water immersion injury). NFCI includes conditions such as chilblains or trench foot.
This injury can be life-changing for someone. Depending on the activity carried out, any part of the body could be susceptible to a non-freezing cold injury.
Royal Navy injury claims
If you’re serving in the Royal Navy, you may be in close contact with potentially hazardous equipment. You may also be at risk of developing water-based injuries and other injuries from your military training.
RAF injury compensation
Serving in the RAF, like every other element of the military, poses risk of injury. In addition to training injuries (including adventurous training), people serving in the RAF may sustain injuries in aircraft workshops, on aircraft hangars, or whilst flying in the air due to faulty equipment.
Important note: combat immunity
If you are serving in the military and you are injured during combat by the enemy, liability cannot be placed with the MoD. Although in some instances, whether the “combat” was caused by the enemy can be difficult to ascertain, especially if a unit were travelling to a training exercise with combative equipment about their persons.
As such, we recommend you get in touch with us as soon as possible, as we will need to discuss whether you can make a claim.