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If you are a member of the armed forces (including the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, the Army and Special Forces) or a member of the forces reserves and you have been injured or involved in an accident in the UK or overseas which wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.

Many of those who have been injured whilst working for the military believe that they cannot claim compensation against their employer in the same way as a non-military worker may be able to. This is not the case. Like any other employer, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) owes a duty of care to all service personnel. Since 1987, military staff have been able to make a claim for personal injury if the MOD has failed in this duty of care, or to provide you with appropriate training, equipment and a safe place of work.

  • Case Study

    Aston Knight recover £5.7million from the MOD for injured soldier rejected by two national firms

    The client sustained a lifting injury while working in a military hangar. Despite recommendations from the military doctor, his chain of command failed to make necessary adjustments for his recovery, leading to a significant deterioration in his condition over the following year, leaving him heavily disabled.

    Initially represented by a prominent national personal injury firm, specialist in claims for injured soldiers, and after seeking advice from two senior barristers, they concluded that he did not have a case and closed his file. Subsequently, he approached another major personal injury firm in the country, who also declined to take on his case.

    Fortunately, a referral led him to our firm, where we conducted a thorough review of his case at no cost. Identifying overlooked lines of inquiry, we believed that with the right approach, the case could be successful. Our diligence paid off, resulting in a final settlement of £5.7 million. This compensation will enable the client to access a specially adapted home and specialised private care to enhance his quality of life.

    The appointed senior barrister, a leading personal injury expert, acknowledged the critical role of our firm’s dedication in securing the compensation commenting “if it was not for the hard work Aston Knight had put into the case then the client would not have recovered any compensation”.

    This case was immensely gratifying for us, as we were able to positively impact the life of a severely disabled client who had lost hope.

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Making a claim against the MOD can be difficult but our specialist solicitors have experience in dealing with claims made by service personnel. We understand the specialist nature of the work that members of the armed forces carry out and in order for cases to be successful we need to pursue specialist types of evidence that are not required for civilian claims. The evidence often involves large amounts of technical documentation and we have the experience of navigating through these documents and understanding what documents should exist and what should be requested and disclosed.

Examples of military negligence include:

  • Failing to provide equipment and clothing.
  • Failing to provide sufficient training.
  • Ordering service personnel to undertake unnecessary risks during training exercises.
  • Failing to provide proper medical care and treatment for injuries – this is known as military medical negligence.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a military accident, then our specialist solicitors could help you receive compensation.

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Our experienced team of military claims solicitors take time to understand what you are going through and will ensure you get the answers and compensation you deserve. We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning there is no financial risk to you.

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