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I work in Irwin Mitchell's specialist Armed Forces Claims team. We help injured Service personnel and their families on a variety of issues. This includes assisting severely injured service personnel with compensation claims (On and Off Duty), Boards of Inquiry and Coroners Inquests.
I have represented a number of soldiers with brain and spinal injuries, including Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson. I supported Ben and his family in their fight for fairer compensation for injured soldiers.
I was also part of the legal team that represented all 14 families from the Nimrod accident at the Coroner's Court Inquest.
I served in the Army for seven years before I joined Irwin Mitchell's Armed Forces team and wanted to give something back to the military community. Our team works with a number of the military charities and welfare teams and its very rewarding to help and advise injured service personnel and their families.
There is a genuine passion and belief within Irwin Mitchell that injured service personnel deserve the very best medical care and rehabilitation, as well as receiving support and compensation that reflects the sacrifice made by our Armed Forces.
“The family was left devastated at Spencer’s death and hoped that the inquest would provide further answers as to how this incident happened.
“The Inquest has heard issues regarding risk management and training as well as concerns about the levels of service personnel available to this Squadron that was very heavily committed to operations and military exercises.
“We now hope the recommendations made by the coroner will be taken forward by the MoD to improve the safety for armed forces personnel.”
“We have seen first-hand the positive impact Pilgrim Bandits has on the lives of many injured soldiers. Anyone who has suffered serious injuries deserves the very best medical care and rehabilitation and Pilgrim Bandits really makes sure people can get their lives back on track too.
“We are proud to be part of this record-breaking effort and hope that we raise awareness and plenty of funds for the charity to highlight the invaluable work they do.”
“This is a very worrying incident as it’s quite obvious three troop carriers should not be involved in such a collision.
“The immediate focus is on ensuring that the troops injured in this incident receive the best possible care and rehabilitation, while the MoD will no doubt conduct an urgent investigation. It is important that lessons are learnt from this to reduce the risk of similar incidents in future.
“The latest statistics reveal that far too many people are being injured in training exercises. This is even more worrying given that the way our armed forces are being deployed is changing and there will inevitably be a period of intense and different training for our soldiers.
“Clearly being in the armed forces is a potentially dangerous vocation, but we have seen first-hand from the victims of accidents and their families that far too many people are being injured and even killed in avoidable training incidents in the UK and abroad – and this latest incident is a timely reminder of the need to protect our troops with the Strategic Defence and Security Review later this year.”
We are immensely proud of the support we have provided to Ben and other armed forces personnel injured in the line of duty, helping them to gain justice and vital financial support which allows them to access key rehabilitation and care.
"Some fantastic developments have been seen in terms of treatment and therapy for seriously injured people and we hope that this pioneering work aids Ben in his continued recovery.
"Anyone who has suffered serious injuries, including service personnel, deserve the very best medical care and rehabilitation."