- Military Law
- Military Sexual Abuse Claim
- Military Wills and Probate
- Spinal Injury Claims
- Combat Immunity & Duty of Care
- Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
- Deafness or Hearing Loss Claims
- Military Training Accident Claims
- Military Disease Claims
- Military PTSD Claims
- Misdiagnosed PTSD Claims
- Military Combat Accident Claims
- Non Freezing Cold Injuries
- Military Injury and Accidents
- Lariam (Anti-Malaria Drug) Claim
Spinal Injury Claims
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal injury, DPP Law can help you to claim the level of compensation that meets your needs. For sensitively managed legal advice, contact us now.
Between the start of 2001 and the end of 2014, 44 UK military personnel members were discharged with spinal injuries. According to the Ministry of Defence, 12 of those suffered a form of paralysis.
While it is not pleasant to think about, people involved in military service are more likely than civilians to suffer life-changing spinal injuries, and there are many ways in which this may occur. These include:
- Recreational activities
- Slips, trips and falls during training
- Heavy lifting without correct training or equipment
- Vehicular collisions
It is vital for service personnel and their family members to have access to the legal assistance they require should they suffer an injury. Making a claim can help injured individuals or their loved ones to access greater financial and practical support, vastly improving their quality of life.
How our military accident claims solicitors can help you
The period following a spinal injury can be emotionally difficult, so it’s vital that you have the right legal specialists on your side.
The solicitors at DPP Law specialise in the management of military injury compensation claims. We have assisted in the preparation of numerous successful claims relating to spinal injuries.
We will help to build your case in a way that is sensitive to your needs and requirements. We understand the expenses that you are likely to face, and we’ll help to ensure you receive a payout that will cover everything.
Instruct us of your situation and we will help to ascertain the kinds of compensation for which you may be eligible.
We can also help you or your family members to apply to bodies such as the Royal British Legion for further support.
Alongside the matters above, our military and personal injuries solicitors can advise on:
- Deafness or hearing loss claims
- Lariam (anti-malaria drug) claim
- Wills & probate
- Combat immunity & duty of care
- Non Freezing cold injury
- Misdiagnosed PTSD claims
- Disease claims
- PTSD claims
- Combat accident claims
- Injury and accidents
- Training accidents
- Sexual abuse claims
We can also help you to navigate the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) when making a claim.
The impact of spinal injuries
Spinal injuries can be life-changing and often incur considerable expenses. Sometimes, the victim of a spinal injury may need costly equipment and adaptations to their home.
This is because spine and spinal cord injuries may affect movement and mobility.
Sufferers of spinal damage may also experience:
- Problems with bowel or bladder control
- Problems with sexual function
- Chronic pain or loss of sensation
- Blood pressure problems
- Breathing problems
While it is possible for some individuals to be rehabilitated after their injury, in other cases, the effects are unfortunately lifelong.
All of the issues above can be difficult to handle, both physically and mentally. Making a claim for compensation can help you to access the support you require.
A spinal injury claim in the military should be made with the help of superb legal specialists. You or your loved ones must be able to build a strong case when claiming compensation for military injuries. The amount you receive must be enough to cover expenses generated by your injury.
Your representatives must also understand and respect the mental and emotional impact the injury in question has had on you and your loved ones.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have a military claim?
In order to claim compensation, you must be able to prove that your injury occurred because you:
- Were given inadequate training
- Had been provided with inadequate equipment or protective gear
- Were using equipment or vehicles that were faulty or unsuited to the task at hand
- Had no suitable protection from adverse weather conditions
- Were undertaking a task or operation that had not been properly assessed
Any of the above circumstances may go towards proving that the MoD had failed in its duty of care towards you.
If you are injured during combat, it is possible that the MoD will be able to claim “combat immunity”. This occurs when the organisation can prove that it has maintained its duty of care throughout. In these cases, you may not have a claim for compensation.
However, you may still be able to apply for compensation through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
What are the time limits to bring a claim?
You will usually be required to make your claim within three years of your injury being diagnosed (seven years under AFCS). However, there are specific circumstances under which this time limit may be extended.
You can contact our solicitors for further details about these special cases. However, they are very rare – so we highly recommend taking action as soon as possible.
Can I also make an AFCS claim?
It is possible to make both a personal injury claim and an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme claim. Whether this applies to your case, however, depends on your specific circumstances. You can contact DPP Law to discuss whether you might qualify.
Unlike a personal injury claim, there is no requirement to prove blame in an AFCS case.
How much compensation will I receive?
This depends on the type and severity of your injury and what it is likely to affect in the long term. Compensation for a spinal injury may start between £1,236 and £650,000 as a lump sum under the AFCS.
If your injury is likely to prevent you from working for any period of time, this should also be covered. Any bonuses and allowances, pension contributions and other future earnings and benefits should form part of your payout.
Should your injury have a lasting physical impact, this should be taken into account too. The costs of adaptations to your home and lifestyle – such as a wheelchair, wider doorways or equipment to help you dress and bathe – should be included.
Elements of your compensation may be awarded in the form of monthly GIPs (Guaranteed Income Payments).
It is important to make sure you are able to access all of the compensation for which you are eligible. For this reason, it is important to consult expert solicitors as soon as possible when planning to make a claim.