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Covid-19 update: Business as usual at Bolt Burdon Kemp

Bolt Burdon Kemp continues to remain very much open for business. We are passionate about achieving life-changing results for our clients, providing excellent client care and ensuring you receive the support you need.

We continue to progress our clients’ existing cases and support new clients with their cases.

All of our wonderful people are successfully working from home. We have re-opened our office so that those who need to work in the office are able to do so, in a socially distanced and safe manner. 

Our strategy of working in teams continues to ensure there is always someone for you to talk to. We are using telephone and video-conferencing very effectively. A number of multi-million pound cases have settled since the virus outbreak, using these facilities.

We are determined more than ever that the wheels of justice will keep on turning.

Contact us on 020 7288 4800 or info@boltburdonkemp.co.uk and one of our team will get in touch with you.

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The Aftermath of Voyager Flight ZZ333

On 9th February 2014, a British RAF Voyager ZZ333 transporting a number of British Service Personnel to Afghanistan pitched down 4,440 feet over the Black Sea. The 9 crew members and 189 military personnel on board were thrown into chaos. Several were lifted out of their seats and stuck to the roof. Others worried that the plane had been shot down, and were convinced that they were about to crash.

I act for several of the military personnel who were on the flight, and I have previously written about the incident as follows:

Over two years on, many passengers who were on the plane are still suffering. My firm represents some who have been diagnosed with:

They have suffered from symptoms such as:

  • poor sleep;
  • flashbacks;
  • nightmares;
  • hypervigilance and;
  • mood swings

Some have lost their military careers and many face uncertainties about their future in the Armed Forces.

A Service Inquiry into the incident revealed that the nose dive was caused by the pilot’s camera becoming stuck between the arm rest and side-stick, and that this should have been avoided.

Several national newspapers have reported the incident:

The Ministry of Defence have responded by saying: “ We cannot comment on individual cases, but when compensation claims are submitted, we carefully consider whether there is a legal liability to pay compensation. When there is, we will.”

The Ministry of Defence owes the same duty of care to air passengers as any other British employer and/or airline company.

Strict time limits apply to civil claims, so you should take legal advice as soon as possible. If you were on this flight and have suffered a physical or mental health issue, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of our specialist team.

I am a Partner at Bolt Burdon Kemp specialising in Military claims. If you think you may have a claim, contact me free of charge and in confidence on 020 7288 4845 or at Rhichakapila@boltburdonkemp.co.uk for specialist legal advice. Alternatively, you can complete this form and one of the solicitors in the Military team will contact you. You can find out more about the team.

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