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Military Medical Negligence Claims

Military medical negligence can be an unusual field. We have years of experience providing representation for members of the Army, Navy, the Royal Air Force and Special Forces.

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Our team understands that military doctors – including civilian doctors working for the MoD – are required to reflect the high standard that the armed forces demands from all their members. If the standard of medical care you received in the military has fallen below this expectation, get in touch with us to talk about bringing a claim.

We usually work on a no-win, no-fee basis and can also help with a claim using the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

Medical negligence cases

Our military claims solicitors are highly experienced in dealing with compensation claims in the military.

The kinds of military medical issues that our team deals with include:

And we also have brought negligence claims after military personnel have been affected by medical issues that they have in common with the civilian population, including:

  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Delays in diagnosis of cancer, or misdiagnosis of cancer
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Limb-loss injuries

Duty of care and the military

Military medics not only have a duty of care towards those with specific health problems, they also have an obligation to ensure that personnel are fit for the duties they are assigned by their chain of command.

For example, a medical officer or military psychiatric nurse who ought to realise that a soldier is suffering from PTSD should think not only of treatment for the condition, but also of medical grading and whether procedures need to begin to prevent the patient’s deployment.

A failure here can result in a service man or woman being sent into combat, with the result that their condition deteriorates to the point that medical discharge is necessary. Here, the duty of care has been breached.

Failures by individuals or the system

Failures in care can happen if an individual medical practitioner makes a mistake or there is a fault in the system. This can lead to the wrong treatment being given to a service man or woman, the right treatment being denied, or it being delayed for so long that injury occurs or a career is lost.

In addition, because service personnel are exposed to unusual conditions, military medics have a duty to be on the alert for unusual conditions such as PTSD, compartment syndrome or cold and heat injuries.

Of course, service men and women are also susceptible to the same diseases as civilians, such as cancer – and these can be misdiagnosed by military medics. Each military medical negligence case is unique because the severity of the issues will differ on a case-by-case basis.

Specialist advice in military medical negligence

Military doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other health professionals are working according to procedures and following rules that are, in many ways, very different to those in the NHS or a private clinic.

Even a lawyer who is an expert in civilian clinical negligence work may not have the experience of the military health system that will allow him or her to deal effectively with a claim involving the treatment of a training injury by a Senior Medical Officer, for example.

We have years of experience in working with service personnel with military medical negligence claims, and have a wealth of knowledge of this very unusual area.

We are also fully aware of how complex and valuable military careers and pensions can be − both before and after discharge from the services. What could appear to be a relatively minor injury in a civilian context can often, if the victim is in the services, have catastrophic financial consequences which are not immediately apparently to the non-specialist.

Making a claim for medical negligence in the military

If you believe the medical attention you received in the military was inadequate, then contact our team to discuss a claim and how it would be funded. We may need to see your medical records before deciding on the best course of action.

There are time limits for bringing military medical negligence claims. Please visit the main military claims page for more information, and contact us as soon as possible.

Six figure settlement for delay in diagnosing ulcerative colitis

Our client, a Private in the British Army, experienced a delay in diagnosis of ulcerative colitis whilst deployed in Afghanistan in 2011. His bowel perforated as a result and he was subsequently medically downgraded and discharged from the Army. The MOD settled his claim for £575,000.

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