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Soldier Receives Army Compensation Following Spinal Injury That Leads To Medical Discharge

A Major with the Royal Military Police who was medically discharged from the Army after sustaining a spinal injury was able to claim compensation through the hard work of specialist Armed Forces solicitors at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office.

At the time of the incident in 2008, our client was serving in Iraq when he suffered a road traffic accident.

As a result of the accident, our client sustained a spinal injury, fractured ribs and soft tissue damage to his right arm. His injuries left him with permanent limitations and restrictions which meant that he could not continue with his Army career.

In March 2010 our client was medically discharged having served in the Army since 1993. This was very difficult for our client as he had hoped to serve a minimum of 20 years and reach the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After leaving the armed forces our client planned on either joining the police or working in private security, but these plans were shattered as our client’s injuries meant that he was no longer able to undertake this work.

Although the MoD agreed that they were to blame for the injury, they challenged the amount of compensation that our client was requesting. The case was finally settled following a Joint Settlement Meeting with MoD Solicitors, and our client received a seven figure settlement which included his Armed Forces Compensation Scheme benefits being preserved for life.

From his compensation our client was able to purchase a property that has subsequently been adapted to suit his physical needs, mobility and therapy equipment/treatment and case management costs, and have his future care needs met.

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