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Military Team Secures Compensation For Royal Marine

Irwin Mitchell’s Military team in Southampton has successfully secured over half a million pounds in compensation for a Royal Marine who was medically discharged from the Royal Navy.

Our client was in road traffic accident, in 2008, whilst he was serving on duty abroad. Because he was not trained or qualified to be driving the vehicle, and due to a lack of equipment present, our client lost control. The vehicle rolled over several times causing multiple injuries including a head injury, spinal fracture and psychiatric injuries.

Despite rehabilitation, unfortunately our client had to be medically discharged from the Royal Navy due to the severity of his injuries.

Our Military team worked with the Royal Marine and successfully argued that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) were in breach of their duty of care towards him. The MoD failed to train our client sufficiently which meant he did not have the necessary skills or knowledge to drive the vehicle. If this had been done, his safety could have been ensured.

In 2010, the MoD accepted that they were responsible for the accident and a settlement was reached following a meeting in September 2015.

Andrew Buckham, head of the Military Injury team, said: “This case highlights the dangers our troops face in their role in serving our country.

“The compensation will provide our client with the financial security to be able to manage his injuries whilst also giving him the ability to train and start a new career.

“It will also provide some closure for the client in relation to this traumatic life event and allow him, to some extent, to make a fresh start.”

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

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