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Soldier Suffers Brain Injury As A Result Of Negligent Discharge By Fellow Soldier

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Armed Forces solicitors have secured a seven figure sum in compensation for a soldier to fund his care package and adapted home, after he suffered from a brain injury whilst working for the Ministry of Defence.

In 2007, our client, a soldier from the Royal Logistics Corps was seriously injured when a colleague negligently discharged an under-slung grenade from his SA80 rifle. At the time of the incident, our client was serving in Iraq and although the grenade did not explode, our client was hit in the head by the grenade and suffered serious injuries, including the loss of his right eye, significant damage to the skull causing severe brain injury, paralysis to the left arm and paralysis to the left leg.

Prior to the incident, our client was looking forward to a long and successful career in the army but as a result of the injuries sustained, he was medically discharged from the armed forces and is unlikely to ever work again.

As a result of the brain injury, our client was so affected that he lacked the mental capacity to manage his own finances. The Court of Protection appointed a Financial Deputy to assist our client with his financial affairs.

During the case, our client’s relationship with his wife broke down and our Family Law Team assisted our client with the issues in respect of the divorce and contact with his son.

While the MoD accepted liability for the accident, they challenged the amount of compensation that should be paid to our client. The case was finally settled following two joint settlement meetings and a seven figure compensation sum was agreed.

Our client has also been able to purchase a property that was adapted to suit his physical needs. A comprehensive care package has also been put in place and this has allowed our client to attain more independence and helped with his integration back into civilian life.

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