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12 February 2024 | Comment | Article by Simon Ellis

Success at Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Tribunal for Mr L


Hugh James was recently instructed by the Royal British Legion (RBL) to represent Mr L in an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) First-Tier Tribunal. Mr L suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving as an officer in Afghanistan and sought compensation under the AFCS.

Mr L received an initial award of £6,180 in 2011 for his PTSD. However, the award did not sufficiently compensate him for the difficulties he faced and so Mr L appealed the decision with the help of the RBL.

We were instructed to represent Mr L at the First-Tier tribunal hearing. Mr L’s appeal was successful and his award for PTSD was increased from a Level 13 tariff to a Level 10. He was awarded a lump sum payment of £27,810 as well as a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP), payable for life.

The AFCS provides compensation for illnesses and injuries sustained after 6 April 2005. It is a ‘no-fault’ government scheme which compensates former and serving military personnel for injuries caused or worsened by service. Claims for injuries sustained before 6 April 2005 are eligible for compensation under the War Pension Scheme.

At Hugh James, we represent claimants in both AFCS and War Pension Scheme claims. Claimants are able to submit their own claim for free, or in some cases seek assistance from a charity organisation. However, many claimants still choose to instruct us to represent them due to the complexity of the schemes and our experience in representing veterans and serving personnel.

For further information on the topics raised in this article, or to begin your claim, contact our expert military solicitors today.

Author bio

Simon Ellis is a Partner with Hugh James and has worked with the firm for more than 25 years, having trained and qualified here. Simon heads up the Military Department, advising and assisting current and former military personnel with various health conditions and injuries. He specialises in claims such as hearing loss, non-freezing cold injuries, compartment syndrome and military injury cases. He is often asked to advise on more unusual claims in the military context.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.

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