Irwin Mitchell’s Southampton Armed Forces team secured over £1.3 million in compensation from the Ministry of Defence on behalf of a Sapper in the Engineering Regiment who was seriously injured in Afghanistan.
Our client suffered a significant blast injury to his leg when a number of detonators exploded. He successfully argued that the MoD were in breach of their duty of care towards him, as they failed to supply appropriate equipment in the field.
Like many injured service personnel, our client suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He was treated at Selly Oak Hospital before undergoing rehabilitation treatment at Headley Court. Due to the seriousness of his injuries and the lasting disabilities he sustained, he was eventually medically discharged.
The compensation reflects our client’s injury, his on-going disabilities and his loss of earnings following his discharge from the Army. The sum will also now help our client to move into suitable ground level accommodation and will provide him with the financial security to manage his disabilities with appropriate care and treatment in the future.
Andrew Buckham, one of our Armed Forces solicitors, handled his case. Andrew said: "This was a difficult claim taking into account the client's on-going physical and psychological problems associated with pain. Injuries resulting in pain problems often mean that the client requires mobility aids and adaptations, severely impacting on their ability to return to full time employment."
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