Like every employee, you have rights
As a Ministry of Defence employee, you have the same rights as everyone else who isn’t employed by the Army, Navy or Royal Air Force.
This means you’re entitled to a safe working environment and reasonable precautions to keep you safe from harm.
While we know that being part of the military has its dangers and that harm in direct combat sometimes can’t be avoided, you should have received the correct safety equipment and training to help to keep you as safe as possible in the situations you’re likely to face.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1978
Every employee is protected by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1978, which is a collection of laws that are there to keep you safe at work. The Health and Safety at Work Act requires certain things from your employer, including:
- Providing the correct training information for you to be able to carry out your role
- Making sure any environment they control is safe for you to work in and doesn’t pose risks to your health
- Maintaining equipment
- Making sure there are no risks to your health when handling, storing or transporting work goods.
If you’d like to read more about your rights as an employee you can visit our accidents at work page.
How your compensation is calculated
When you contact us about your accident, we’ll listen to everything you have to say. This is so we can fully understand the impact your injury has had on your life, on your future and on the life of your loved ones.
We realise you may feel uncomfortable talking about your accident or the effects of your injury and we promise to only ask you the questions we need to understand whether we can help you and which of our solicitors is best placed to negotiate your compensation.
During your claim, your solicitor will consider the full extent of your accident and injury and will work hard to make sure that not just your finances are compensated, but also the physical and emotional impacts of your accident.
To do this they consider:
- The time you’ve taken off work
- Any future impacts on your ability to work, such as whether you can work in the same role
- Any time your loved ones have taken off work as a result of your accident
- Any care your loved ones have given
- Any care you’ll need in the future
- The effect this has had on your hobbies or your ability to take part in sports or social events
How much compensation can you claim?
Due to the fact that every claim is unique, we’re not able to advise you on how much your claim is worth before you start your process.
However, we recognise that it’s important for you to know whether the process of claiming compensation is worth it and whether it’s likely to cover the debt and impact your injury may have caused.
That’s why we’ve created our compensation calculator. Our calculator is a secure tool that uses industry data to provide you with an estimated compensation figure based on your answers to six questions. The compensation calculator is simple to use and can give you an idea of the value of your claim.
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is a scheme created by the government to allow access to compensation for people who have suffered illness, injury or death as a result of military service.
The scheme allows injured service men and women and their loved ones to access a tariff based system for compensation if their accident happened on or after 6 April 2005.
Claiming through the AFCS is not a civil claim, like the one you can make with us, so you apply for this type of compensation separately.
However, the compensation you receive through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme will be considered if you’re making a compensation claim with us, as you’re not allowed to receive compensation for the same injury twice.
We can help you make a no win no fee compensation claim for your injury, or an injury that happened to your loved one today. This includes cases where your loved has died as the result of negligence or an accident while serving.
To get tailored advice on your experience and to find out how we can help, please contact us for free on 0800 376 0150.
Why claim with us?
When you contact us about your claim, our first priority is to listen to everything you have to say and provide you with the advice you need. We’ll never pressure you into making a claim. Instead, we give you the opportunity to talk about what happened to you in a confidential environment.
So not only can you get advice tailored to your experience and without the pressure to claim, you can also be sure that if you’re transferred to one of our solicitors, they’ll be held to the standards outlined in our customer charter.
How we choose our solicitors to handle your claims
What we can help you claim for
It’s likely we can help you make a claim if you’ve suffered an injury within the last three years that was caused by somebody else, or which was the result of somebody else’s negligence.
This could be an accident caused by incorrect training for a piece of equipment, or because something had been poorly maintained. Or it may have been caused by negligent or reckless behaviour.
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Burn injuries
- Chemical injuries
- Fatal accidents
If you’d like to speak to us about your military accident and injury, then you can call us for free on 0800 376 0150 today. Your call is completely confidential and any information you give us will be held securely.
Did your accident happen before 1987?
If your injury happened before May 1987, then unfortunately we’re unable to help you make a claim.
This is because of the Crown Proceedings Act, which prevents military accident claims being made for injuries that happened before this date.
This has affected many armed forces personnel who were exposed to asbestos before May 1987 and are now unable to claim compensation for their related illness.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
If you’ve had or are experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), we know that the emotional implications of suffering this syndrome can be severe and lasting.
Although suffering a military accident is now considered a cause of PTSD, we know that this doesn’t make living with it any easier. Especially when you could be experiencing depression, panic attacks, nightmares and flashbacks as a result.
We can help you make a claim for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the effects it’s having on your life and those around you.
What to expect when you call us
When you contact us, you’ll speak to one of our legally trained advisors who are there to advise you on whether you’re eligible to make a claim.
They’ll also be happy to answer any questions you may have. So when you call us, you can expect an advisor who listens and helps.
If your advisor thinks you have a claim, they’ll let you know during your call and will ask your permission to transfer you to one of our specialist solicitors.
Your chosen solicitor will have experience working with cases similar to yours and will be on hand throughout your case to make sure you know what’s happening and that you get the compensation you’re entitled too.