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Military Maritime, Diving and Aviation Injuries

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Maritime and aviation injuries

Being in the military may mean that you are deployed abroad at short notice and spend some time, both on and off duty, travelling. If you are a Service person, then the Ministry of Defence is responsible for making sure that your transits and your deployments are safe, as far as possible. If you are a Consultant in the off-shore and security industries, then your employer will owe you a similar duty of care.

We have dealt with cases involving:

  • Slips and trips at sea
  • Hearing loss caused by klaxons and sirens
  • Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Inadequate training
  • Dangerous flights
  • Collisions between vessels
  • Spinal injuries caused by unsafe working systems, excessive loads and poor seating

Diving accidents

Our specialist solicitors have dealt with a number of claims involving military and professional divers, including:

  • Training accidents
  • Medical negligence
  • Faulty equipment
  • Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI).

If you are a diver in the military or work off-shore as a private Consultant, then you will have skills and credentials that are highly sought after. Diving is a dangerous occupation, but it is heavily regulated and laws exist to protect your safety. The Ministry of Defence and other employers know that they are obliged to reduce the risks as much as possible.

Unfortunately, when accidents do happen, they can often lead to serious, long-term injuries or death.

How we can help

Unfortunately, even relatively minor injuries can impact on your military career. If you are medically downgraded and no longer able to carry out your duties or be deployed, then this might lead to you missing out on promotion, an extension of your Service or otherwise limit your career progression. In serious cases, where your career has been cut short by medical discharge, then you may have a very significant financial claim for loss of earnings, benefits and pension.

Our specialists solicitors also have extensive experience in handling catastrophic injuries, including spinal injuries, limb loss and brain injuries.

Whatever the reason for your injury, whether it is physical or psychological, our specialist solicitors are here to help you.

We will investigate your case and collect evidence to prove how your injury happened and the losses that you have suffered. We can rely on a range of experts who will establish how the accident happened and what losses you have suffered, including any impact on your military career.

Where we can establish good prospects of success, we will pursue a claim for you to be fully compensated. We will arrange for you to be assessed by experts who will report on your medical condition and the treatment you will need. We will also instruct other experts to advise on your financial losses, the impact on your life and your career.

In addition to a civil claim, you may be entitled to bring a claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)  – we can help you with this too.

Time limits

Time limits will apply to civil claims and these are normally three years from the date you were injured. There may be ways to extend time to bring a claim in special circumstances. You should discuss this with a solicitor as soon as possible so that you can explore your options.

If you think you have a claim then please contact us. We work on a no-win, no-fee basisYou can discuss your case with one of our specialist solicitors in complete confidence and without charge.

Meet our Military Claims Team

Hannah Swarbrick
Senior Associate – Part of the Military Claims Team
Gaggan Mawi
Partner – Part of the Military Claims Team
Claire Withey
Associate – Part of the Military Claims Team
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