Our expert military injury lawyers will provide you with free initial advice on your compensation claim and with our No Win No Fee agreements there's no financial risk to you if you're unsuccessful*.

Making A Military Injury Compensation Claim

Serving in the Armed Forces is, by its nature, a dangerous job. There are risks involved in combat and it is inevitable that people will be injured. However, the MoD has a responsibility to minimise those risks where possible.

You have a right to expect your safety to be protected when not in a direct combat situation, and to have suitable training and equipment to carry out your duties properly when in combat. If you suffer an avoidable injury during military service, just as in any other job, you may be able to make a military injury claim against your employer for failing to properly protect you.

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Due to the physical nature of military service, there are a large number of different common causes of personal injuries, including (but not limited to):

  • Assault courses and adventure training
  • Aviation incidents
  • Cold injury claims 
  • Equipment failures
  • Fast-roping
  • Fires and explosives
  • Mountaineering
  • Parachuting
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Training exercises
  • Vehicle-related incidents

We can represent you in claims relating to these and other circumstances whether you serve in the Army, the Navy or the RAF. Our advice can extend beyond your immediate legal case, to include guidance on the types of welfare support that might be available to you and your family after an accident.

What Irwin Mitchell Does To Help With Your Armed Forces Injury Claim

Our experts understand that military cases can differ significantly from civilian claims, but our commitment to you remains the same. Our specialist military injuries team includes former service personnel, so we understand military culture and the unique issues you will face after an accident.

In cases of severe personal injury and psychological trauma, we aim to provide a sympathetic and understanding service, supporting you throughout the process and seeking the justice you deserve.

This applies equally, if not more so, in instances where a military incident has led to the death of a loved one, and the claim is being brought by surviving relatives.

In all cases, we will:

  • Pursue your claim fearlessly and tirelessly, with confidence that we can achieve a positive conclusion
  • Relieve you of any and all stress relating to your case, as far as it is possible for us to do so
  • Explain each stage of the process in clear terms, so that you understand what we are doing on your behalf

Our initial consultations are no-obligation. We know that talking to a solicitor about a claim can be frowned upon when you’re in the military, so you can be sure that our service is strictly confidential.

We understand that making a claim can be an emotional and psychological challenge. We will help you every step of the way.

For more information on making a military injury claim, download our free brochure (PDF).

What Our Clients Say

"I'm really not sure where to start, as thank you really doesn't seem like enough. You have simply overwhelmed me with your help and support over the last - I think its four years now.

"You have always provided much more than just a lawyer - client relationship, and I admit at times you were no doubt a little frustrated by some of my more animated rants! But through this you provided both a sensible and caring approach to achieve a final settlement with which I am extremely happy." Steve

"This is a letter to record our sincere thanks to you and your team for all the help and support you have given us. Without it I do not know how we would have been able to cope. I do not have to tell you how distressing a time it has been, but when I described you elsewhere as a rock that we have been able to lean on and sometimes very heavily, I really meant it." Robert Dicketts (Nimrod accident)

"I would like to thank-you for everything that you have done for Ben. You have fought incredibly hard to ensure that injured soldiers, such as Ben, get the support and compensation they deserve, and which will help them to live the best quality life they can expect. Without your professional knowledge, patience and expertise, there would not have been such a successful outcome. We will always be grateful for the difference you have made." Diane Dernie, Mother of Ben Parkinson

Armed Forces Compensation Claims

As well as making a civil claim, you might also be able to claim through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme - potentially significantly increasing your total payout.

This is a special scheme designed to compensate people who are injured while serving in the military, but if the incident was not your fault, you can still also make a civil claim.

However, time limits may apply to when you can begin a civil claim, so it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible to decide the best course of action - something our dedicated Armed Forces team can help with.

As well as helping you claim compensation, we also campaign with leading organisations for improvements in health and safety in the military, including:

  • The SSAFA
  • Combat Stress
  • Defence Medical Welfare Services
  • Regimental associations
  • Troop Aid
  • Blind Veterans UK
  • Army Welfare Service
  • Army Families Federation

Featured Client Story

Ben Parkinson was seriously injured by a mine in Afghanistan. He lost both his legs as well as suffering a brain injury, fractures to his skull, cheekbone, nose, jaw and pelvis; fractured vertebrae, as well as serious damage to his spleen and chest.

We successfully fought for his right to receive compensation suitable to meet his future needs as an injured serviceman.

Contact Us To Talk About Making A Military Injury Claim

If you or a loved one have been injured while serving in the armed forces, contact our specialist lawyers to talk about making a compensation claim.


Legal 500 Leading Firm 2013

"Irwin Mitchell’s extremely impressive team handles the full range of high-profile, complex and high value cases, including RTA, industrial disease, and spinal and brain injury claims."

Legal 500, 2013

Chambers and Partners 2014

"Boasts extensive expertise in some of the most complex areas of personal injury litigation … Often they'll take on cases others would avoid and win or achieve good settlements in cases where the prospects of success look limited."

Chambers & Partners 2014

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Military Injury Claims

  • Armed Forces Medical Negligence
    If you’re a member of the Armed Forces and are given wrong or inadequate medical treatment, you may be entitled to make a medical negligence claim for any illness, pain and suffering you have endured as a result.
  • Cold Injury Claims
    If you're a current or former member of the military service and have experience from cold injury, we could help you make a claim for the pain or financial losses brought about by the injuries you suffered.
  • Military Criminal Injury
    If you have been attacked or assaulted in the UK or abroad in a criminal attack, Irwin Mitchell can look after you and take care of your legal requirements in pursuing a criminal injury claim for your injuries.
  • Military Illness Claims
    If, in the course of military duties, you’ve developed an illness or disease, our specialist armed forces team may be able to help you file for compensation from the MoD with a military illness claim.
  • Military Road Traffic Accidents
    If you're a member of the Army, Royal Navy or RAF and you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident, either on or off duty, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
  • Private Security Employment Claims
    At Irwin Mitchell we fight fearlessly to achieve the best outcome for your private security injury claim.

The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.

All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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