People in the armed services typically accept that their job can place them in dangerous situations, and military accidents can happen – carrying a greater risk of injury than in civilian life.

Military personnel are often placed in dangerous situations. But a member of the armed forces is still eligible to claim workplace injury compensation if they are injured in military accidents during service. The Ministry of Defence still owes a duty of care to their military personnel.

Ministry of Defence (MOD) duty of care

Armed forces personnel cannot claim compensation for injuries sustained in military accidents in combat situations, however the Ministry of Defence owes the same duty of care to its service personnel as any other employer. This duty of care broadly means that they must supply their employees with safe systems of work, appropriate work equipment and sufficient training.

Military injuries for personnel

Whether you were on or off duty as a member of the armed forces you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation if you have suffered a personal injury in a military accident whilst employed in any of the following:

  • Army (regular or territorial)
  • Royal Navy (RN)
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)

Typical military accidents

Hugh James military accident lawyers and employer liability solicitors deal with military accident claims for injured members of the army, Royal Navy and RAF who have sustained injuries as a result of:

  • road traffic accidents
  • military training exercises
  • parachuting accidents
  • fires and explosives
  • inadequate and faulty equipment and machinery
  • fatal accidents
  • mountaineering
  • vehicles
  • sports and adventure training (including assault courses)
  • manual handling
  • workplace violence
  • chemical accidents
  • exposure to harmful substances
  • medical treatment.

Consequences of a personal injury in the military

The impact of a military accident and workplace injury, particularly a serious one, can have a fundamental effect on the individual and their family. Physical pain, discomfort and financial losses are just some of the more common consequences; individuals may also require surgery, therapy and other such treatments. In extreme workplace injury cases, individuals may suffer psychological problems, which may warrant further costs, treatment and therapy.

Military accident claims

If you are a member of the armed forces, or a former member, and you were injured in a military accident whilst employed by the Ministry Of Defence you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact one of our military accident lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Where possible, our cases are funded on a no win, no fee basis.

Hugh James military accident lawyers

Hugh James has one of the largest personal injury and accident legal teams in England, and the biggest department of military accident lawyers in Wales. We have a dedicated military accident claims department which has a vast amount of experience in dealing with claims for accidents at work and securing compensation for those injured within their employment in the armed forces. We treat each client exactly the same whether their injury is minor or major. Contact us today for free advice on military accident claims, with no obligation.

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Simon Ellis is a Partner with Hugh James and has worked with the firm for more than 20 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.

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