20 January 2011
Paratrooper wins £1.7m injury compensation
A paratrooper has been awarded personal injury compensation totalling £1.7 million after he lost his left leg during an incident while he was on duty in Afghanistan in 2006.
Sergeant Stuart Pearson, who is 35 years old, had to have his limb amputated following an accident in which he stepped on a landmine as he attempted to rescue an injured colleague and also sustained problems with his right leg, which may also have to be removed.
The official began legal proceedings against the Ministry of Defence - which is led by Liam Fox MP, the Secretary of State for Defence - after it emerged that he and his fellow troops had not been sufficiently equipped to carry out such an operation successfully and safely.
As a result, the government department has agreed to pay the man on the basis of his pain and suffering, along with the future cost of health care and prosthetics.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens