Armed Forces

If you have been injured or had an illness caused by negligence whilst working for the armed forces, you can make a claim against your employer or any third party at fault. Our experienced Personal Injury lawyers have a proven track record of handling a variety of claims for personnel in the armed forces (Navy, RAF, MOD, Army). You can make a claim even if you are still in the armed forces.

Types of claims include:

Accidents at work
Road traffic accidents
Medical negligence by medical officers and hospitals
Claims for military dependents

Whether your injury was sustained whilst you were serving at home or abroad, on or off-duty, a claim for compensation may be made. We can give you a realistic assessment of your case from the outset and practical guidance on how to proceed.  Most injured parties only have 3 years within which to bring a personal injury claim, either from the date of injury or from the date of knowledge, whether you are still serving or not.

Examples of those we’ve helped in the armed forces include:

Slipping on a tank – Failure to maintain the surface of a tank which led to a soldier slipping and sustaining a back injury.

Medical negligence – Preventing a soldier from attending a doctors appointment for treatment of a condition, which led to him becoming blind.

Faulty equipment – The failure of a soldier’s holding equipment which led to serious head and eye injuries.

Falling from a helicopter – A soldier fell from a helicopter and sustained a serious head injury, which led to him being medically discharged. Compensation was recovered for the full loss of earnings, pension, the cost of care and rehabilitation, and a move to more suitable accommodation.

Case Study

Mr H was a Sergeant in the Royal Artillery. Whilst undertaking a training exercise in 2012, he sustained injuries to his knee which resulted in him eventually requiring an above knee amputation. Initially, liability for Mr H’s claim was denied.

However, the claim progressed through the court process and before being determined at a trial liability was admitted. The case subsequently continued with reports being obtained to assess Mr H’s equipment, accommodation and care needs and his claim was eventually resolved in March 2017. The case settled in excess of £4 million.

“Rhiannon Daniel and her team worked tirelessly in gathering all the required reports and documents to help me in my situation, even though at times I thought there would be no resolve I was reassured by all that it was the right thing to do, I’m glad I listened.

Now, thanks to the hard work that Rhiannon and her team put in, I can now get surgery on my leg, which is not currently available within the UK, and after a successful operation and rehabilitation, it will help improve my quality of life and having two young children to chase after, it should put me in a good place to try and keep up!”

Mr H

Meet the team

Chris Whiteley

Managing Partner
Salisbury

Gavin Lane

Partner and Head of Personal Injury
Southampton

Tom Hartigan

Partner
Salisbury

John Hall

Partner
Southampton

Clare Carter

Partner
Salisbury

Sarah Mills

Consultant
Southampton

James Braund

Senior Associate
Poole

Rhiannon Daniel

Senior Associate
Salisbury

Frances Gillett

Associate
Salisbury

Laura Rowe

Solicitor
Southampton

James Gleisner

Legal Executive
Southampton

Sarah Khudayir

Paralegal
Poole

Katherine Knapman

Paralegal
Salisbury

Adele Martin

Paralegal
Salisbury