Military accident compensation
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.
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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.
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 . 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.
- Non-freezing cold injuries
- Brain injuries
- Climatic injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Injuries from unsafe working practices
- Training accidents
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 or contact us today.
Watch Dean's story
Dean was discharged from the army on medical grounds after suffering from noise induced hearing loss. Whilst he was offered protective equipment it was not sufficient for the level of noise he was submitted to.
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 to enable future independence as we’re settling your case.
Heading up the military injury team is , 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 and 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, being ranked in the Legal 500 and Managing Director being shortlisted as ‘Solicitor of the Year’ in the Modern Law Awards 2020.
In fact, in May 2024, our head of , , is embarking on an arctic expedition with the 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.
Excellent communication, in constant contact with the latest info regarding your case. David
Really helpful and always on the other side of the phone if needed. Quick and easy service. Ashley
Everything is moving along quickly and smoothly. Good professional service I'm glad I chose Slater and Gordon. Kenny Jackson
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.
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?
Can I claim for PTSD from the army?
- 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 , 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.