29 August 2007
Soldier's mother in compensation battle
The mother of a soldier injured while serving in Afghanistan is planning to challenge the compensation awarded in the High Court.
Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson sustained 37 injuries, including losing both legs and serious head injuries, after a landmine exploded in the Helmand Province region of the country.
The 23-year-old will require specialist medical treatment as a result of the incident for the rest of his life.
He was awarded £152,150 in compensation for his three worst injuries, a figure which his mother, Ms Dernie from South Yorkshire, is contesting.
She told ITN: "Any assessment of injury must look at the totality of those injuries to make a true award based on the long-term needs of the victim.
"The severity of Ben's injuries means that we need to be able to move to an adapted house to help him live as normal a life as possible."
The Times reported earlier this month that, if current trends continue, UK frontline soldiers in Afghanistan will have a one in 36 chance of dying on a battlefield.