Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

If you or a loved one are planning to make a claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, DPP Law can assist you. We will provide you with transparent and compassionate support throughout proceedings. Contact us today on 0333 200 5859.

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (or AFCS) is a means of providing compensation to UK serving personnel.

It is not only full-time military employees that can make a claim – veterans are eligible too, as are members of the Special Forces and reservists. It may also be possible to make a claim on behalf of a loved one in the military.

There are many ways in which you may have sustained an injury or illness that the AFCS will cover. These include incidents that occur:

  • During training exercises
  • Partaking in any kind of sport approved by the MoD
  • Undertaking exercise to stay fit for your job
  • Undertaking military operations

Your claim may be eligible whether the injury in question has warranted a medical discharge or not.

The injury must have occurred on or after 6th April 2005 for you to be able to claim.

Depending on the circumstances of the injury, you may also be able to make a personal injury claim. However, this approach differs from the use of the AFCS scheme as, under the latter, there is no requirement to prove blame.

How our Armed Forces Compensation Scheme solicitors can help you

The military law specialists at DPP Law have great experience helping clients and their loved ones to apply for compensation schemes.

We will assist you in navigating the AFCS system – which can often be complex. If you don’t think you have been awarded the correct amount, we’ll also help you to contest the decision and request the correct tariff.

The amount you may receive via the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme depends on a number of factors. These include:

  • Rank and experience
  • The nature and severity of the injury
  • The effect of the injury on future employment – either in the armed forces or elsewhere
  • The costs that may be incurred as a result of the injury
  • Any other financial losses

If an injury is severe and will prevent you or a loved one from continuing to work, you may be eligible for a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP). This will help to remunerate you for monies lost in the form of wages, bonuses and pensions schemes.

We understand how difficult it can be to think about it, however, it is worth knowing that if you pass away following a military injury, your GIP may be claimed by a surviving partner.

Should your application be denied, we can represent you throughout any appeal.

Along with the matters above, our military claims solicitors can advise you or members of your family on:

We can also provide you with assistance regarding:

  • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme rates
  • Access to Armed Forces Compensation Scheme claim forms
  • Up to date Armed Forces Compensation Scheme tariff tables
  • An Armed Forces Compensation Scheme calculator

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme?

You can claim if you are a current member of the armed forces, including reservists or Special Forces operatives. You may also apply if you are a veteran. It’s also possible to claim on behalf of a loved one in the armed forces.

It’s important to note that your claim will only be valid if the injury in question occurred on or after 6th April 2005. It must have been suffered during activities related to work in the military.

How do I apply to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme?

The required application forms are available via Veterans UK under open government licence.

Before you begin your application, we recommend that you seek assistance. In order to achieve the full amount of compensation available to you, it is worth consulting experts.

The Royal British Legion can assist in many cases. You should also make contact with specialists solicitors with experience in this field.

You have up to seven years to apply to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

For further information, or to find out whether you have a claim, contact our specialists today. Call DPP Law on 0333 200 5859 or fill in our handy contact form with as much detail as you can. This will help us to assess your situation.

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