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Soldier Receives Compensation Following Friendly Fire Leg Amputation Injury

Irwin Mitchell's specialist Armed Forces team represented Corporal Chris Skirrow, who was injured after a friendly fire incident whilst serving in Afghanistan.

At the time of the incident, Chris was a member of the Territorial Army and in March 2007, he deployed to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan and was attached to The London Regiment providing support. 

On 12 July 2007, Chris was accidentally shot by a group of soldiers who were undergoing familiarisation training on a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG). As a result of the gun fire, Chris suffered two gunshot wounds to his right ankle as well as shrapnel injuries to his left leg and stomach.

Unfortunately, due to the extent of the injuries, Chris had to undergo amputation of his leg below the knee. 

Following successful negotiation with MoD solicitors, settlement was reached in early 2012 and Chris received a substantial award in compensation.

In addition to the compensation awarded for his injuries, Chris received a Guaranteed Income Payment for life from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). Chris will continue to receive this payment as part of the settlement negotiated by Irwin Mitchell’s Armed Forces team.

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