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If you are planning to claim military medical compensation, DPP Law can help. We know that suffering an injury, mental illness or disease after serving in the armed forces can significantly affect your quality of life. Contact us today for considerate support on 0333 200 5859.

We know it can be difficult to think about, but members of the armed forces are understandably more liable to fall ill or be injured as a result of their job than civilians. After all, they are required to put themselves at risk regularly during their time serving.

As a result, some may fall victim to certain diseases due to the hazardous environments in which they work.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is required to follow proper Health and Safety procedures to make sure service personnel are properly protected. This is referred to as a “duty of care”, and requires that they provide:

  • Proper training
  • Adequate equipment and protective gear in sufficient numbers and in suitable condition
  • Full risk assessments
  • Correct planning
  • Proper systems and procedures that function correctly at all times

If the above requirements have not been met, it is likely that you’ll be able to make military compensation claims should you or a loved one fall ill.

How our military medical compensation solicitors can help you

DPP Law’s specialist military solicitors are highly experienced in assisting with military disease claims and offer a delicate touch throughout the process.

We understand that making a claim against MoD can be difficult and seems stressful. We also appreciate that doing so while coming to terms with a serious illness can be emotionally tough.

For this reason, our experts will handle your case with sensitivity and great care. We will provide in-depth guidance regarding your claim and help you collect evidence to support it.

We will help you to appeal any decisions that you disagree with. We’ll also direct you to further support services to help you get by at this difficult time if you require.

We can provide excellent legal advice and guidance surrounding military claims for:

  • Noise induced hearing loss or damage resulting from training or combat
  • Tropical illnesses such as malaria
  • Eczema, dermatitis or other skin conditions caused by contact with hazardous chemicals
  • Mesothelioma from contact with asbestos
  • Asthma

If your condition is not listed above, don’t worry, it’s highly likely that we’ll still be able to assist you with your claim.

Our military illness solicitors also advise individuals on:

We also specialise in providing guidance surrounding:

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Frequently Asked Questions

What should the military do to protect personnel from disease?

It is vital that correct Health and Safety measures are adhered to at all times to avoid war injury and training accidents.

This includes:

  • The provision of proper training and equipment
  • Correct maintenance of vehicles and protective gear
  • Thorough risk assessments and planning

The MoD is covered by “combat immunity”, meaning they are not liable for decisions made in the heat of battle that result in injury. However, if it can be proven that those injuries were the result of their failure to uphold their duty of care, you may have a case against them.

Am I eligible to make a claim?

If you are or have been a member of any of the UK armed forces – including a veteran, a reservist or a civilian employee – you can claim.

You may make a civil personal injury claim if you feel that Health and Safety failings were the cause of your illness or injury. Otherwise, you can claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

Remember, you can only make a claim under the latter if you or your loved one were injured or fell ill on or after 6th April 2005.

How long do I have to make a claim?

Certain time limits are applicable to military disease and injury claims.

If you plan to make a civil personal injury claim, you will usually have 3 years in which to do so following the date of your injury. There are rare instances in which this may be extended, so speak to your legal adviser for more information.

Under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, you have up to 7 years in which to claim.

Whether your illness is long-term or temporary, you are within your rights to claim against the MoD. Your career should never be affected by your decision to claim.

The compensation you receive should cover all damages and losses you have suffered. If you have been medically discharged as a result of your condition, you should receive amounts to cover your loss of wages.

Any medical expenses and adaptations required to ensure you have a good quality of life should also be covered by your payout.

For further details of the assistance DPP Law can provide, call us today on 0333 200 5859 or fill in our online contact form. We will get back in touch with you at our earliest possible convenience.

Remember to include as much detail about your case as possible to help us fully understand your position. All information you provide will remain confidential.

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