When you serve in the armed forces, you know that you’ll be working in difficult and dangerous circumstances. But that doesn’t mean you should accept sustaining injuries that were preventable. The MOD has a duty of care to protect you from unnecessary harm.
When they failed to do so and you’ve suffered an injury due to the actions or negligence of others, you’re eligible to make a military injury claim. You deserve military injury compensation to help you with the physical, mental and financial impact of your injury.
Our experienced military injury claims solicitors will help you to secure the compensation you deserve for injuries including:
There is a wide range of options available for claiming military compensation if you served in the Army, RAF, Navy, Royal Marines or any other armed forces. We will help you to find the best route for your military injury claim from the three main options:
Civil Claims against the MOD
Claims Under Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
Claims Under War Pension Scheme
Civil Claims Against the MOD
Making a civil military claim against the MOD is similar to claiming against any other employer. The claim will be made through the civil courts and we’ll need to show that the MOD was at fault for your injury.
Civil claims against the MOD typically result in significantly higher payouts than military compensation schemes, which are managed by the MOD and awarded based on tariffs rather than the full impact of your injury on your life. For that reason, a civil claim against the MOD is always our preferred option.
Claims Under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is managed by the MOD. It is open to anyone who has been injured while serving, so you don’t need to show that the MOD was at fault for your injuries. It covers injuries sustained during operations, training, service-approved sports and exercise.
Compensation is awarded based on a tariff and is usually lower than for civil claims. It will not factor in financial losses and other consequences of your injury. But an AFCS claim is a useful alternative if you are not eligible to make a legal claim.
Claims Under the War Pension Scheme
The War Pension Scheme is a compensation scheme for injury, illness or death caused by serving in the armed forces before 6 April 2005. You don’t need to show the MOD was at fault for your injury. The scheme is open to anyone whose injury was suffered before that date and who is no longer serving.
Depending on the seriousness of your injuries you’ll either receive a lump sum payment or an ongoing pension payment. Unlike civil claims, there isn’t usually a time limit for claiming compensation.
Military Injury Claim Process
You’ve been injured while serving your country, so we don’t believe you should be made to work hard to claim the compensation that’s rightfully yours. Whether you’re making a civil military injury claim, AFCS or WPS claim, we’ll guide you through a simple, hassle-free claims process.
Step 1: Contact Reid Black Get in touch for free initial legal advice. We’ll advise you on whether you’re eligible to make a civil claim or if a compensation scheme claim would be more appropriate.
Step 2: Gathering Information Next, we’ll gather the evidence we need to support your claim — this is particularly important if we need to show the MOD was at fault for a civil claim. Evidence might include your service record, medical notes and witness accounts.
Step 3: Medical Assessment We’ll arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical professional. It’s vital that we understand the full extent and any long-term impact of your injury before seeking compensation from the MOD.
Step 4: Compensation Negotiations Once we fully understand your injuries, we will negotiate with the MOD to secure the maximum compensation amount to which you’re entitled.
Step 5: Compensation Payout We’ll continue to support you and oversee the MOD’s compensation payment to you.
The time limit for making a civil military injury claim in the UK and Northern Ireland is three years from the date of your injury. There are some exceptions to this:
If you were under 18 at the time of your injury, you can claim up to your 21st birthday.
If you or the person you’re claiming for don’t have the mental capacity to make a claim, there are no time limits.
There is a seven-year time limit for AFCS claims and no time limit for WPS claims. In all cases, we recommend starting your claim as soon as possible.
Military Injury Compensation
Military compensation is hugely important. You can use a payout to fund your recovery or rehabilitation, tackle the financial effects of your injury, or improve your quality of life.
If you’re making a civil military injury claim, your compensation will be awarded based on several factors. Your payout will be split into two categories:
General Damages – Compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your injury, plus the impact it’s had on your quality of life.
Special Damages – Compensation for the financial hardship and knock-on effects of your injury. This covers things like loss of earnings, medical, rehab and physio bills, travel costs and changes to your living arrangements.
Why Choose Reid Black?
We’re among the most experienced military injury claims solicitors in Northern Ireland, helping thousands of veterans to secure compensation from the MOD. Our legal expertise in this area has been noted by a High Court Judge. We’ll use all of that know-how to secure the maximum payout that you’re entitled to, with all the support and guidance you need every step of the way.
Our Specialist Military Injury Claim Solicitors
Our Specialist Military Injury Claim Solicitors
Peter Lynch 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Peter Lynch of Reid Black Solicitors is one of Northern Ireland’s Leading Road Traffic Accident Experts.
He will act for you solely and does not accept referrals from insurers or Accident Management companies thus ensuring we have your interests first.
Have an initial no-cost chat about any Road Traffic Accident to see if you have a case.
He acts in Car Accidents, Cycling & Motorbike Accidents and Pedestrian Accident Claims.
Peter will be able to Fast track your claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
Libby Smyth 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Libby Smyth is one Northern Ireland’s leading Road Traffic Accident and Personal Injury Solicitors.
She will handle your Road Traffic Accident Claim effectively and efficiently, keeping your best interests as her prime concern.
Specialist in all types of personal injury claims, with a focus on Road Traffic Injury Claims.
Libby can expedite your injury claim to ensure you get your compensation as fast as possible.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a Road Traffic Accident, contact Libby today for free initial chat to see if you’re eligible for a claim.
Eilis McQuillan 14 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Elis McQuillan has extensive experience dealing with Road Traffic Accident Claims in Northern Ireland.
She will prioritise your interest’s first and act solely on your behalf.
Specialist in all types of Road Traffic Accident Claims and Litigation, including Car Accidents, Cycling Accidents and Motorbike Accidents.
Ellis can Fast Track your Road Traffic Accident Claim, so you get your compensation as soon as possible.
Contact Ellis today for a free initial consultation to determine if you’re entitled to a Road Traffic Accident Claim.
In some circumstances, you may be able to make a civil military injury claim and an AFCS claim. In most cases, you can’t be compensated for the same injury twice. We can advise you on the best approach for your circumstances during a free initial consultation.
Unfortunately, crown immunity for personal injury claims brought by service personnel was only suspended in 1987. If you were injured before 1987, you won’t be able to make a civil claim but you may still be eligible for a War Pension Scheme claim.
That depends on the seriousness of your injury and whether the MOD accepts liability for it. Some claims can be settled in as little as six months, while others last much longer. If your claim is likely to take a while, we will seek an interim payment of compensation so you don’t suffer while the claim is being settled.
The more evidence you have, the stronger your claim will be. Your service record, medical record, statement from your colleagues, photos and videos will all be useful. We can advise you and help you to gather evidence.
You can’t make a military injury claim if you were injured because a commander or soldier made a mistake in the heat of battle. Combat immunity effectively means that an employer’s usual duty of care does not apply on the battlefield. There can be exceptions, so please get in touch to discuss your claim.
Yes, serving personnel are entitled to claim compensation for military accidents. Given the three-year time limit on civil claims, you can’t afford to wait and it’s important to start your claim as soon as possible.
No Win, No Fee military injury claims are not allowed under the law in Northern Ireland. Instead, we offer free initial legal advice and a range of ethical No Win, No Fee alternatives. This could include having the MOD cover your legal costs as part of your compensation settlement.
Take the first step towards military injury compensation today
Get in touch for a no-obligation consultation on making a military injury claim in the UK and Northern Ireland. It’s the crucial first step towards the compensation you deserve.
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