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Medical Negligence Claims for Members of the Armed Forces

Introduction to Medical Negligence Claims for Members of the Armed Forces
  About Clinical Negligence Claims for Military Personnel
Am I entitled to make a Claim for Clinical Negligence as a Member of the Armed Forces?
  When Military Personnel can make Clinical Negligence Claims
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and War Pension
  Other options available to Military Personnel
Military Personnel we have helped to claim Clinical Negligence Compensation
  Clinical Negligence Claims we have dealt with for Members of the Armed Forces
Making an Armed Forces Medical Negligence Claim
  How to start a Claim for Clinical Negligence against the MOD

Introduction to Medical Negligence Claims for Members of the Armed Forces

About Clinical Negligence Claims for Military Personnel

Injuries can occur to members of the Armed Forces in many different circumstances including Road Accidents whilst a member of the Armed Forces, injuries during military training exercises, injuries at work whilst a member of the Armed Forces or injuries in their free time.

If military personnel require medical treatment for their injuries then, more often than not, the treatment is carried out by an MOD Medical Professional.

Thankfully, in the majority of cases the treatment is to a very high standard; however, occasionally mistakes are made and this is known as clinical negligence.

If you belong to the Royal Navy, the Army or the Royal Air Force (RAF) and you have been harmed as the result of medical negligence you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  For more information, contact us on 08000 224 224.

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Am I entitled to make a Claim for Clinical Negligence as a Member of the Armed Forces?

When Military Personnel can make Clinical Negligence Claims

If you are a member of the armed forces and you are given incorrect or inadequate medical treatment you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result. This would apply whether your original accident or condition was the result of an active operation or not.

It would make no difference to your right to claim whether you were treated by a medical professional employed by the MOD or the NHS.

As with any clinical negligence claim (or medical negligence claim as they are sometimes called), your personal injury solicitor would need to ensure that the medical practitioner who treated you acted negligently and that the damage caused to you was as a result of this negligence.

If you would like us to review the circumstances of your possible clinical negligence claim as a member of the Armed Forces and let you know if we can help you, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and War Pension

Other options available to Military Personnel

If your original accident occurred after 6th April 2005, you may also be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim via the no fault Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. If your accident was before 6th April 2005 you may also be entitled to make a compensation claim for a War Pension payment.  Whilst eligibility to claim under the War Pension system only comes into effect upon discharge, claims under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme can be made during service and therefore you should not wait until you leave the Armed Forces to start your claim, you should act immediately.  Under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme there is a 7 year time limit so it is important to act quickly as soon as an accident happens.

It is possible to make a claim via the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pension Scheme and still make a civil personal injury compensation claim for damages. If you have suffered a personal injury as a member of the military it will be worth contacting a personal injury lawyer for compensation claim advice to discover exactly what you would be entitled to.

For more information about whether you are entitled to make a personal injury or clinical negligence claim as a member of the Armed Forces, contact us on 08000 224 224.

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Military Personnel we have helped to claim Clinical Negligence Compensation

Clinical Negligence Claims we have dealt with for Members of the Armed Forces

John Thompson, 33, of Chopwell, Newcastle Upon Tyne, suffered a dislocation of his left shoulder whilst playing rugby for the Army. He continued to suffer with pains to his shoulder and underwent surgery, performed by Army Surgeon, Commander Hill.

During the course of the surgery Mr Thompson’s biceps tendon was accidentally divided. As a result he had ongoing problems with his shoulder which required further surgery. Mr Thompson’s situation did not improve and he was medically discharged from the Army because of a permanent disability to his left shoulder.

At the time of Mr Thompson's discharge from the Army he was a Signals Sergeant and was considered to have a bright future with clear potential to Staff Sergeant and beyond, due to his outstanding record. He was described as “proactive, knowledgeable and invariably flexible”.

Supported by the Royal British Legion (RBL), he received £190,000 in damages to include a future loss of earning capacity as he will never be in a position to fulfil his full earnings capacity. The RBL instructed Thompsons Solicitors to take up the case.

If you would like us to review the individual circumstances of your clinical negligence claims against the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or the National Health Service (NHS), and let you know if we can assist you further, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Making an Armed Forces Medical Negligence Claim

How to start a Claim for Clinical Negligence against the MOD

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all matters relating to clinical negligence claims and are also experienced in dealing with Military Personnel. We will be happy to advise you as to whether or not you have a valid clinical negligence compensation claim and will talk you through the entire process in plain English.

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim.  For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

For more information, help or advice about making a clinical negligence claim as a member of the armed forces, telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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