06 August 2009
Soldier seeks additional compensation from MoD over injuries
A man who suffered serious injuries while serving the army in Afghanistan is disputing the amount of compensation he was awarded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Lance-Corporal Ryan Knight was in Helmand province in the south-west of the country when the Land Rover he and his colleagues were in ran over two land mines.
He suffered a shattered pelvis and two of his best friends were killed.
Mr Knight now struggles to walk unaided and has post-traumatic stress disorder.
Initially, the MoD offered to pay him just under £14,500 in compensation, although this has been revised and it is thought the figure could rise to £65,000.
However, Mr Knight is seeking more, saying he will never be able to work full-time again and his injuries will get worse with age, the Times reports.
According to the soldier, who says he now walks "like an 80-year-old man", the compensation offered so far by the MoD is a "joke".