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Officer Cadet Receives Military Compensation For Injury On Assault Course

Specialist Armed Forces solicitors at Irwin Mitchell have helped an officer cadet claim compensation after she suffered back injuries during an assault course.

Our client’s injuries happened whilst she took part in an assault course with the Army in France. The cadet fell from a 13ft wall as she came down a knotted rope. She hadn’t received the correct training, nor had a proper risk assessment been carried out before she attempted this particular obstacle. As a result of the fall she landed on her back, injuring her lower back and thoracic spine.

The female cadet had planned to join the Army and complete her officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, but her injuries meant that she was medically unsuitable for continuing with a military career.

She was fortunate enough to obtain a graduate job in the civilian job market. Because of this her losses were limited, but the Irwin Mitchell Armed Forces claim team still managed to negotiate an out of court settlement of £20,000.

Andrew Buckham, from the Irwin Mitchell Armed Forces Team, handled the claim. He said: "Our client had her ambitions for a military career ruled out by the mistakes of others.

"It’s inexcusable that the MoD failed to carry out a fitting risk assessment before the assault course and that the cadet wasn’t given adequate training.

"This settlement will provide her with much-needed financial security as she settles into her new job outside of the Armed Forces."

If you've been injured in a Military Training Accident you might be entitled to claim Military Compensation.

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