Military Accident Claims | Military Injury Compensation | Irwin Mitchell

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*.

When serving in the military, it is usually accepted that accidents and injuries can happen and that in some cases, it’s nobody’s fault.

However, steps can be taken to reduce the risk of military accidents and injuries to service personnel, whether on duty or not. We help many service personnel to claim compensation as the result of an accident where fundamental safety measures have not been followed and have led to injuries either on the battlefield, or in training.

Our Experience In Military Accident Claims

We have successfully claimed compensation for many people either currently serving in the Armed Forces, or for ex-service men and women. We have acted in many cases where there has been an accident, including:

  • Gym and assault course accidents
  • Negligent discharges
  • Lifting accidents involving equipment and stores, or loading and unloading
  • Accidents at social functions on base, such as slipping and tripping
  • Adverse weather condition accidents
  • Military accommodation accidents, involving defects such as loft ladders
  • Engine bay and hanger accidents
  • Accidents on a ship, including defective hatches
  • Tank instability accidents
  • Burn injuries
  • Accidents in diving, parachuting, climbing and skiing
  • Off duty accidents, such as road traffic accidents

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

We have successfully claimed compensation for many ex-service men and women, or those currently serving in the Armed Forces, having worked in this area since claims could be first brought against the Ministry of Defence in 1987. Our military injury team includes former service personnel, who 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.

Video Case Study: Serving, Surviving and Recovery After Afghanistan

‘Serving, Surviving and Recovering after Afghanistan’ explores our client Stu Pearson’s experience after he suffered serious injuries while serving in the armed forces.

The incident in the Kajaki Dam region in Helmand Province saw one soldier lose his life and two others lose limbs after a series of explosions in a minefield. On his return to the UK, we helped Stu to recover the compensation he needed to help with his recovery.

Contact Us For Advice On Military Accident Claims

If you have been involved in a military accident that has led to injuries, we can help you claim for compensation for any loss of earnings and any pain and suffering caused.

Call our team on 0800 022 3321 or contact us online and we will get back to you.


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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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"I have witnessed the dedication, courage and sacrifice shown by our service personnel first hand, and it spurs me on to defend their rights tirelessly."

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