Claiming compensation – army training accidents

You would expect the vast majority of army accidents to be sustained in the heat of battle, however a greater number of injuries (albeit less serious ones) are suffered on manoeuvres and in training.

When army personnel are not given sufficient briefing and preparation or are treated neglectfully by superiors they can be put at great risk during training exercises. Procedures exist to negate the risks involved but these are sometimes not followed leading to accidents which cause injury. If you are injured on armed forces training and it is not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

When you join the army, you prepare yourself for a dangerous career and the exercises you undertake in preparation for war are also likely to carry a degree of risk. However, like anyone, members of the army should be able to rely on their employers to protect their well being in the workplace. If members of the armed forces are not properly briefed or supplied with faulty equipment by their supervisor a compensation claim should be considered. However, a successful claim will require proof that the injuries sustained were caused by negligence or careless on the part of the MoD.

There are deadlines for making a claim so it is important to act quickly. Generally speaking, military injury claims must be made within 3 years of the incident. However, this limit is increased to 5 years if you are claiming under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

Thinking of making a claim after an army accident? Our army lawyers can help

If you have sustained an injury during an army training exercise which you do not believe was your fault, our specialist army lawyers could help you win deserved compensation.

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