Life-changing injuries sustained during an explosion in Afghanistan have resulted in an ex-soldier launching a compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Jack Davies suffered serious spinal injuries and also had to have his left leg amputated following the incident in the Helmand province in October 2009, in which his friend and colleague Lance Corporal James Hill died.
An inquest into LCpl Hill's death has now ruled that he was unlawfully killed on the basis that the duo's superiors were negligent and could have taken more thorough action to ensure their health and safety.
Consequently, Mr Davies - who is 22-years-old - has decided to take legal action against the MoD in the hope he will receive a damages settlement from his former employer to help pay for his ongoing treatment and rehabilitation.
The Loughborough-based ex-Coldstream guardsman and his co-worker were injured just four days after being assigned to Afghanistan when an improvised explosive detonated as the troops trained on a firing range in the Camp Bastion area.
And following coroner Richard Travers' decision on LCpl Hill's passing, Mr Davies said that while all soldiers in active service accept that they put their lives on the line every day, he is "really angry" that his friend's death could have been prevented.
"I've lost a good friend, his parents have lost their only son and my life will never be the same again," he added.
The ex-troop went on to say he was proud to have been serving his country in the Middle East and was "looking forward to a long career in the Army" as he "loved the camaraderie" and never wanted to do anything else.
However, he added: "I used to be fit, healthy and liked sports, so coming to terms with losing my leg and the career I loved has been devastating."
With this in mind, Mr Davies has opted to pursue a claim for damages from the MoD for his ordeal.
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Posted by Francesca Witney