24 August 2010
Former bomb disposal expert awarded six-figure compensation package
An ex-Army bomb disposal professional has been awarded a six-figure compensation deal from the Ministry of Defence due to his suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The man from Oxfordshire, who cannot be named for security reasons, claimed that he may not have suffered a breakdown in 2004 had his employer diagnosed and helped to address his condition sooner.
He served on missions involving the Gulf War, as well as conflict in Northern Ireland, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Bosnia and first underwent psychometric tests back in 1998 and 1999.
The former serviceman was, however, cleared to continue work by a senior Army psychiatrist despite the fact that he was also asked to appear on a video about PTSD for training purposes.
A civilian doctor formally diagnosed him with the mental condition in June 2004 and the man was then involved in a car crash two weeks later which left him with severe symptoms of PTSD and consequently unable to return to work.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme - which was set up in 2005 - therefore awarded the man a six-figure sum for his ordeal.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens