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Military injury claims

Military life can lead to accidents and injuries that have nothing to do with combat operations. If you've been injured in a military accident or suffered as a result of negligence, talk to us today.

Meet the military injury experts

Many of our military solicitors are considered leaders in the field with a significant amount of expertise.

Natasha Orr, our Military Team Leader and Senior Associate Industrial Disease Solicitor

Natasha Orr

Military Team Leader and Senior Associate Industrial Disease Solicitor

Madelene Holdsworth, our Managing Director of Specialist Legal Services

Madelene Holdsworth

Principal Lawyer

Matthew Tomlinson

Head of Serious Injury - North

Jordan Bell, our Head of Industrial Disease

Jordan Bell

Head of Industrial Disease

One of the UK’s leading specialist law firms.

We are proud to have partnerships with national charities and be recognised in the latest legal directories.

Walking With The Wounded
UK Armed Forces Covenant
 The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
The times best law firms 2023
Lexcel Law Society Accredited

At Slater and Gordon, we take pride in our commitment to supporting those in the armed forces. Our unique approach, deep knowledge and experience in handling complex military injury cases is what sets us apart. Slater and Gordon’s military solicitors have demonstrated their dedication to serving those who have fought for our country, covering everything from training injuries to clinical negligence.

The support given by Slater and Gordon’s military team to military personnel goes beyond providing legal services, as we proudly partner with several organisations and charities which allows us to offer legal benefits and discounted services to military personnel.

This includes our partnership with The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC). Beneficiaries of the charity will now have access to legal advice from our leading military and family lawyers.

What is a military claim?

A military claim is a legal process whereby former or current military personnel can seek compensation for an injury if occurred when serving in the armed forces. The Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Act 1987 is what gives servicemen, servicewomen and their dependents the right of access to the courts in future to sue the Crown for legal fault in cases of death, personal injury or illness attributed to service.

Since the Act came into force, claims can now be made towards the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). The AFCS is a government scheme managed by Veterans UK, to provide compensation for any injury, illness or death that has been caused by service in the military either on or after 6 April 2005.

Military claims can have a lot of complexities with specific regulations involved which is why an expert military solicitor is needed who has the expertise and experience in handling these specific types of cases. Slater and Gordon’s military team can navigate the intricacies of military law and advocate for the rights of those injured during their service.

Types of military injuries you can claim for

There are several types of injuries that military personnel can bring a claim for if injured whilst on duty.

At Slater and Gordon, we also provide help and support when our clients need to go through rehabilitation and recovery. Ensuring they get the best possible care, both physically and emotionally, we work with charities to offer a continued support network to help them recover in the best possible way.

Can I make a military injury claim?

As a current or former armed forces personnel, you have the right to make a military injury claim if you have suffered injuries from accidents or due to negligence. Military injury claims are a means for seeking compensation and support for any physical, emotional, and financial consequences resulting from your injuries.

When putting in a military injury claim, it is advisable to consult with a specialised military injury claim solicitor, such as members of our military team at Slater and Gordon, who have experience handling these cases. Not every claim arising from a military injury would be made against the Ministry of Defence (MOD). However, the MOD is the employer for most service personnel.

To bring a claim against the MOD, it would usually be necessary to show the incident was caused, or was partly caused, by their negligence or the negligence of someone employed by them. Military negligence encompasses several situations that can occur, including equipment and vehicle failures, training accidents, and medical negligence.

Our specialist solicitors can also help with claims brought to the AFCS which is available to all current and former members of the UK Armed Forces, including reservists.

When making a military injury claim, it's best to gather all relevant documentation and once you contact our expert solicitors, we will help guide and assist you through the entire legal process, ensuring you receive the right compensation, rehabilitation and treatment for your injury.

Contact our military solicitors

Your future and wellbeing matters to us and with our dedicated team of specialist military solicitors on hand, we’ll ensure you get the best outcome. With a deep understanding of military law and expertise in handling complex military injury claims, we’re committed to guiding you through your legal journey and beyond.

When you need someone on your side, our team is here to listen. No matter the time or place, we will be readily available to offer understanding and empathy, leading with your best interests in mind. Reach out to one of our skilled solicitors today on 0330 041 5869 or contact us online today.

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Why choose our military injury solicitors?

At Slater and Gordon, we have a long-standing connection with military personnel, showing continued support. All cases are dealt with by specialists who have a great deal of experience in dealing with military injury cases and we always act with the best interests of our clients in mind. Where fault is admitted, we’ll seek interim payments to enable future independence as we’re settling your case.

Heading up the military injury team is Natasha Orr, Senior Associate and an APIL (Association of Personal Injury Solicitors) accredited Senior Litigator, and a former member of the armed forces herself. It’s her first-hand experience that helps her possess an extensive understanding of the challenges faced by military personnel. Also, as the spouse of a serving member of the Royal Navy, her personal connection helps fuel her passion for assisting the military community with all her capabilities.

Alongside Natasha, our military law team has received recognition and accolades from the legal industry, such as Chambers and Partners. Our team work closely with several charities such as HASAG and Mesothelioma UK who also provide a specific service for military personnel diagnosed with mesothelioma. As well as our partnerships, we also often take part in charity events and fundraising activities enabling us to give back to the military community.

The combined expertise within the military team has been recognised by renowned legal accolades, with Head of Industrial Disease, Jordan Bell being ranked in the Legal 500 and Managing Director Madelene Holdsworth being shortlisted as ‘Solicitor of the Year’ in the Modern Law Awards 2020.

In fact, in May 2024, our head of Wills, Trust and Probate, Michael Knott, is embarking on an arctic expedition with the Adaptive GrandSlam which focuses on inspiring and supporting members of the disabled community. Joining him to take on the challenge are wounded ex-servicemen and civilian members of the disabled community, encouraging and showing our continued support.

What's more, we’ve signed the Armed Forces Covenant, highlighting our commitment to being an armed forces friendly employer and helping reservists and veterans showcase the value and skills they have to offer.

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Why choose Slater and Gordon?

No Win No Fee

We offer 'No Win No Fee' funding for military incidents causing injury, meaning there's no financial risk to you.

Talk to the experts

Our legal experts are highly specialised in representing military personnel who’ve been injured.

Speed of delivery

As specialists in military injury cases, we'll ensure your case is dealt with swiftly, whilst ensuring you receive the maximum compensation.

Your local law firm

We’re a reputable National law firm with expert lawyers in local areas across England, Scotland and Wales.

Speak to one of our military experts today

Call us now on:   0330 041 5869

Military injury claims frequently asked questions

What are the time limits for a military injury claim?

The general rule is that a claim should be made within three years from the date the incident occurred or the date you were first aware you had suffered an injury or illness.

Claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority must normally be made within two years of the assault and claims under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme must be made within seven years of the injury.

How long does an armed forces compensation claim take?

It's challenging to provide an exact timeframe as each case is complex and unique. However, as soon as we have all the relevant information, we will be able to give you an estimated timeline.

Can I claim for PTSD from the army?

While danger is inherent in combat operations, you may be eligible to claim compensation for PTSD under certain circumstances, such as where:

- Extreme danger resulted from negligence

- Reasonable precautions weren't taken

- Officers failed to recognise the symptoms of PTSD

- Medical Officers failed to correctly diagnose PTSD

If you believe that your PTSD resulted from these or other failings by others, talk to one of our solicitors today.

How much AFCS compensation could you receive?

For AFCS compensation, you'll get a tax-free lump sum payment between £1,236 and £650,000. Lump-sum payments are awarded for pain and suffering with the amount depending on the severity of the injury. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could also be awarded a monthly Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP) in addition to any lump-sum payment.

How much compensation will I get if I make a military injury claim?

Every military accident compensation claim is different, with the final figure dependent on the seriousness of the injury as well as the extent of recovery that may be possible. Our expertise is not just in winning significant compensation, it's also in understanding the need for rehabilitation and the support you and your family will need right away, and perhaps for the rest of your lives.

What if the injured person has died as a result of the military injury?

In the event that the injured person has died, a claim can be made by the Estate’s legal representatives (the person named as executor in the Will if there is one) or otherwise by a family member.

What happens if you are hurt in the military?

If you’re injured during your employment, either accidentally or deliberately, you may be entitled to compensation. Our military team leader, Natasha Orr explains everything you need to know about claiming for military injuries with Slater and Gordon, including what types of injuries you can claim for and how we are able to support you every step of the way.

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