Types of armed forces injury claims

There are many different types of claims that can be pursued including:

  • abseiling accidents
  • accidents on ships
  • accidents in accommodation
  • accidents at social functions
  • accidents in the gym
  • accidents on the assault course
  • accidents because of bad weather
  • accidents parachuting
  • accidents diving
  • accidents skiing
  • accidents climbing
  • accidents in hangers
  • accidents in workshops
  • accidents involving lifting/loading
  • accidents during training exercises

Common types of armed forces injury claims

Defective military equipment accidents

British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel are expected to handle dangerous and heavy equipment often in difficult or hostile environments. When training or preparing to deploy or even when deployed vast amounts of military hardware has to be manually moved. The range of equipment is considerable but may encompass weapons, ammunition, specialist kit and vehicles much of which is very sophisticated requiring careful handling. Military personnel undergo significant training to ensure that the movement of such equipment is carried out quickly and safely.

Unfortunately, armed forces personnel often find themselves with kit or equipment that is defective or not fit for purpose. Even worse, there are occasions when there is a lack of essential kit or equipment. In some cases these situations can lead to injuries or death. Our military claims legal experts are on hand to help you explore whether your injury is as a direct result of equipment failure or absence.

Our Solicitors, Lawyers and legal experts have years of experience helping serving and former armed forces personnel to claim compensation for injuries they suffered as a result of dealing with defective or faulty equipment. Claims often involve:

  • ear defenders
  • ladders
  • vehicles
  • machinery
  • parachutes
  • aircraft
  • personal protective equipment
  • weapons and ammunition
  • diving equipment

Military road accident claims

Road accidents make up the largest proportion of causes of personal injuries and fatalities within the British armed forces. Many soldiers, sailors and air force personnel are involved in road accidents both on and off duty.

The consequences of being involved in a road accident for military personnel are far reaching. Being physically fit is a prerequisite for military service and any impact on that can be very worrying. In addition, there will be concerns regarding their future health and their capacity to remain in service. These are all legitimate issues that compound what is already a stressful incident. At Co-op Legal Services our team of Armed Forces Injury Claims Solicitors can help you to claim the compensation you are entitled to.

Armed forces training exercise accident claims

British armed forces personnel are acutely aware that when joining up they are put through a rigorous training regime. Many of these training programmes consist of very tough and dangerous exercises but with the proper training and supervision accidents should be kept to a minimum.

MoD personnel are expected to serve all over the world often in very hostile conditions and so the training has to be thorough. The MoD has an obligation to ensure that these training programmes and exercises are as safe as possible.

The MoD may have systems in place to reduce or even prevent injury accidents happening but, on occasions, these measures are inadequate leading to personal injury, early exit from military service or even death.

Common types of military injury claims include accidents involving:

  • parachute training
  • mountain training
  • assault courses
  • Skiing training
  • diving training
  • firing ranges

Our Military Claims Solicitors can represent you in a training accident case relating to these and other circumstances whether you were serving in the Army, Royal Navy or the RAF at the time of the accident.

In many cases, training accidents have occurred due to insufficient planning from senior officials, or faulty equipment being issued. In cases where you have been required to operate in a realistic or tricky environment, we will examine the MoD's risk assessment for such conditions and analyse if these should have been altered to better protect you.

Armed forces hearing loss / tinnitus claims

The military environment is very noisy and means that military personnel may be exposed to excessive noise. Whilst serving personnel may become used to this environment over time it may not prevent damage to their hearing if there is isn't a proper health and safety system deployed.

Hearing loss and/or tinnitus is often not that obvious in the beginning and it may be that there is a need for people to repeat things, a need for higher volumes on the TV or Radio, or using earphones on your mobile and/or looking at someone's lips as they speak to help you understand what they are saying.

If you developed tinnitus symptoms or hearing loss during or after you served in the armed forces, and you were not protected from the risk of hearing loss, then you could make a claim for compensation. You can even make a claim if you are no longer serving in the military, or it has been many years since you did.

We have a strong team of Litigation Lawyers that has successfully pursued many cases as a result of unprotected exposure to excessive noise involving:

  • vehicles
  • explosions
  • Weapons Discharges
  • projectile Launchers
  • pyrotechnics

Other medical complaints arise because of excessive exposure to noise such as Hyperacusis and Tinnitus and these can compound the suffering. Hearing loss is a permanent condition that can be debilitating and may have a significant effect on both home life, current work life and affect post service employment prospects too. If you have been exposed to excessive noise whilst serving in the armed forces we have a dedicated legal team on hand to help you.

Armed forces off-duty injury claims

Armed forces personnel experience the same exposure to accidents as their civilian counter parts especially when it comes to road accidents. Many service personnel regularly travel home from their establishments at the weekends. Road accidents are responsible for a large number of serious injuries and fatalities in the British armed forces.

As well as dealing with the immediate consequences of your injuries, your overall fitness and health are all major concerns after an accident that could affect your future military career.

Our Armed Forces Injury Claims Solicitors have helped many servicemen and women to claim compensation for an injury they suffered in an accident whilst off duty.

Armed forces medical negligence claims

British armed forces personnel operate in the most demanding conditions which test the limits of soldiers, sailors and air force members' physical and mental capacity. Often deployed to some of the most challenging environments with limited resources that demand the highest levels of commitment and endurance.

The expectation is that the MoD will reciprocate in providing the highest standards of medical treatment and care when personnel are injured. Sadly, on occasions, the medical treatment and care falls below acceptable standards with catastrophic results.

The consequences of medical treatment failure are not just experienced by the individual but by their family members too. The standards expected should be applied equally to service personnel and their families. So if service personnel or their family members have suffered unduly as a result of medical negligence in the armed forces, they may be entitled to compensation for the personal injuries they suffered.

Armed forces air accidents

British armed forces personnel are often transported to various locations around the world at short notice, often by the Royal Air Force. Military aircraft are constantly in use and subjected to different environments that require essential specialist maintenance and equipment. Most military aircraft are involved in very successful operations but accidents do happen from time to time.

When military aircraft are involved in accidents the result is often catastrophic and the injuries serious or fatal. The MoD has an obligation to ensure that the correct safety measures are in place when these aircraft are deployed. On occasion these safety measures are not implemented or adhered to and subsequently the aircraft fails to perform as it should resulting in serious injury and death.

Military aircraft accident claims

Claims involving military aircraft require specialist knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the unique nature of these types of claims. Our team has a forensic eye for detail and can use key specialists in military aviation claims to push harder for success ensuring they understand:

  • aircraft Defects
  • board of Inquiries
  • service Inquiries
  • military Inquests
  • military Interviews
  • pilot Errors
  • flight Crew Errors
  • flight Authorisation
  • military Contractors

The responsibility of the MoD

The Ministry of Defence has a duty to take reasonable care of their service personnel's health and safety. Whether in combat, training or within a military establishment, your place of service must be safe and the MoD has a responsibility to try to prevent personal injury or illness occurring.

MoD Responsibilities include:

  • providing appropriate equipment to protect against harm
  • protecting service personnel from dangerous and harmful substances
  • effective implementation of health and safety guidelines, including risk assessments and regular checks
  • considering the risks to service personnel and how these can be best made safer
  • ensuring that service personnel are competent in carrying out their role so that they will not harm themselves or others
  • having systems and processes in place to enable service personnel to work in the safest way possible
  • ensuring service personnel have the right equipment and materials to do their job safely.

Additional precautions

There are instances where the above is unavoidable and when this is the case the MoD should provide appropriate protection such as:

  • protective clothing i.e. gloves, vests, helmets, outer clothing to protect the skin
  • ear defenders to protect the ears
  • face masks or respirators to protect the lungs

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