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Life as a soldier, sailor or airman can be very dangerous and it is inevitable that some will suffer injury at some time or other, be that as a result of say a road traffic collision, a fall from height or in combat.

Sustaining any injury can be arduous and stressful. Whilst these experiences can be physically distressing, concerns regarding your future health, your career and finances can be extremely worrying. We know that money helps, but good rehabilitation with the aim of returning you to the front line is also essential.

If you have suffered an injury or illness whilst in the armed forces you may be entitled to investigate and make a claim for compensation. Specialist armed forces lawyers listed on this page will be able to provide you with advice on your particular circumstances. We recommend you seek their advice without delay.

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Mrs Dawn Fay Humphries of LANYON BOWDLER LLP in Telford
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Mrs Sarah Lincoln of LINCOLN WATTS & LEEDING in London
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Mr Simon Ellis of HUGH JAMES in Cardiff
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Simon Ellis is a Partner with Hugh James and has been with the firm since 1998. Throughout this time Simon has advised client suffering with a wide range of industrial disease, including chest and asbestos related illnesses such as mesothelioma and lung... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am a Senior Associate in the Personal Injury Department at Stewarts Law. I act for claimants only in cases involving catastrophic injuries. I am experienced in all aspects of personal injury law. I have pursued claims caused by road traffic accident,... Read more
Mr Peter Tassart of WOLFERSTANS in Plymouth
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I specialise in the field of medical negligence law. I handle all aspects of clinical negligence claims. I am an Associate of Wolferstans, a solicitor and am accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers as a Senior Litigator. Read more
Ms Sarah Sharples of IRWIN MITCHELL LLP in Manchester
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am an Associate Solicitor in Irwin Mitchell's Manchester medical negligence team.I specialise solely in medical negligence claims and have done my entire career. I was promoted to the position of Associate Solicitor in November 2015.I have a varied... Read more
Mr Grant Evatt of ALMA LAW LTD in Andover
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Grant is a member of the APIL Executive Commitee and a highly regarded personal injury lawyer. He is the founder and Managing Director of Alma Law (Ltd), which he established in November 2017.  A former soldier and commissioned... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Maria qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and is a Senior Solicitor in the serious injury team at Bolt Burdon Kemp. She has been specialising in personal injury law since 2005. She read Law (LLB Hons) at a University in London and then completed the Legal... Read more
Mr Jonathan Speight of YORKSHIRE'S INJURY LAWYERS LTD in Huddersfield
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Mr Robert Jones of CFG LAW in Cheadle
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Robert Jones is a Senior Associate Solicitor at CFG Law. Robert has over 15 years' experience in personal injury compensation and has specialist knowledge and experience in dealing with many serious injury cases, including serious orthopaedic injuries,... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Fellow
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Mr Michael Williamson of WILLIAMSONS in Crewkerne
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Founder of niche Somerset law firm, Williamsons, Michael has nearly three decades of experience primarily as a commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer. A veteran of the early Costs Wars, he was involved in many battles generated by the 2000... Read more
Ms Nicola Heales of BLASER MILLS LLP in High Wycombe
Brain injury lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Fellow
Nicola qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 and is a very experienced personal injury solicitor who has specialised in severe catastrophic injury claims acting for both children and adults for the last fifteen years. She has a particular interest in acquired... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Fellow
Richard is National Serious Injury Manager and National Practice Leader, Abuse Claims at Slater & Gordon. He specialises in child abuse and serious injury cases. Richard is ranked as a "Leader in the Field" of personal injury (Band 1) in Chambers... Read more
Mr Paul McClorry of HUDGELL SOLICITORS in Leeds
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Mr Trevor Ward of FLETCHERS SOLICITORS in Southport
Personal injury - Fellow
I am a senior solicitor at Fletchers Solicitors Medical Negligence Serious Injury Unit based in Manchester .I conduct complex cases for clients throughout England an Wales and have done so since 1990.I am an Assessor for the Law Society's... Read more
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Personal injury - Fellow
APIL Fellow Cenric Clement-Evans is a solicitor at NewLaw Cardiff specialising in workplace injuries, with his work including accidents at work and asbestos injuries. Cenric was  a member of APIL’s executive committee from 2008 until... Read more
Mr Altaf Patel of CROMPTONS SOLICITORS in Bolton
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Cromptons Solicitors was established in the heart of Bolton with the key aim of becoming the first reference point for anyone who has a consumer rights claim or has suffered an injury and wants to know if they are able to make a claim for... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Having graduated from Exeter University with a law degree, Mike worked in London to complete his post graduate training. He joined Nash & Co in 1993 and was made a partner in 1996. He heads the Injury department and has been a member of the Law... Read more
Mrs Kimberley Kirkby of EXPRESS SOLICITORS LTD in Manchester
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Kimberley Kirkby is a Partner at Express Solicitors. Specialising in claims involving accidents in the workplace, she forms part of the Employers Liability team headed up by Partner Richard Lowery. Hugely popular within the firm, Kimberley has... Read more
Brain injury lawyer
Spinal cord injury lawyer
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Fellow
Ed has spent the last 30 years as a personal injury lawyer.  Specialising in injuries of maximum severity he is an APIL Accredited Brain Injury Specialist and also an Accredited Spinal Injury Specialist.  In addition, he has a strong reputation... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Ms Juliette Clarke of ENABLE LAW in Plymouth
Personal injury - Fellow
Juliette heads up the Personal Injury team at Foot Anstey. She has over 25 years experience in dealing with all kinds of personal injury claims. She specialises in spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury claims and amputation claims. Juliette... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I work in Irwin Mitchell's specialist Armed Forces Claims team. We help injured Service personnel and their families on a variety of issues. This includes assisting severely injured service personnel with compensation claims (On and Off Duty accidents... Read more

All firms will probably provide the first half hour of your consultation free of charge, either by telephone or in person.

 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) like any employer is responsible for the health and safety of all members of the Regular and Territorial Army, Royal Navy or RAF wherever they are deployed around the world. If you have been injured or suffered illness whilst on or off duty, you enjoy the same legal right enjoyed by civilians to seek compensation.

With the help of one of APIL's specialists you can investigate and bring a civil claim for damages. Typical scenarios are:

  • Training exercises in the UK and overseas
  • Operations, including aviation and naval incidents
  • Diseases and illnesses contracted by exposure to chemicals and dangerous substances, including noise induced hearing loss
  • Faulty weapons and equipment
  • Injuries suffered as a result of poor training and instruction
  • Parachuting incidents
  • Injuries suffered in the gym and on the assault course
  • Medical negligence in military and civilian hospitals
  • Sporting and adventure training injuries
  • Road traffic accidents, in the UK and overseas

Our specialists also advise upon inquests and military investigations into fatalities, in the UK and overseas.

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)

You may also be entitled to claim money through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). This scheme applies, in addition, to the ordinary legal rights of a service man or woman to claim compensation from the person responsible for their injury. Awards provided under this scheme are subject to a fixed tariff.

Under the scheme, it is not necessary to show that the accident, injury or illness happened because of someone else’s negligence. Successful claimants receive an award that will reflect the likely impact on future earnings, in addition to the award for the injury.

You may make a civil claim for compensation in addition to a one made through the AFCS.

Can I make a claim before I leave the armed forces?

You do not have to wait until you leave the armed forces to make a claim for compensation against the MoD. Normally you have only 3 years to settle any claim or commence court proceedings. Many fail to make a claim at all, having been misinformed about their rights. We know only too well that bringing a military injury claim, or even speaking to a lawyer about bringing a claim, can be seen as a daunting prospect. The fact is that no matter how serious or minor the injury, if you were not responsible for what occurred, you should seek compensation.

It is strongly recommended that you should consult with two or three accredited injury lawyers before making a decision on who to instruct.