Lariam, also known as Mefloquine, has often been given to soldiers and other service personnel deployed overseas. The tablets are used to prevent malaria, but have a long list of known potential psychological side effects.

If you've been prescribed Lariam since 2004, without being warned of its dangers, and have since suffered psychiatric problems such as anxiety, depression or panic attacks, our solicitors could help you claim compensation.

Safer alternatives to Lariam have been available for many years, making the Ministry of Defence's use of the drug particularly concerning. Militaries in many other countries have either banned it or consider it a 'last resort' only, including:

  • The US
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands

We've worked for many years to help members of the Armed Forces and are currently acting for several clients from different military backgrounds who've suffered from side effects of Lariam. A number of our specialist military lawyers are former service personnel themselves, giving us a unique insight into these claims.

Mental health issues are rarely discussed openly in the military and we understand the concerns that many members of the Armed Forces may have about making a claim. Whatever your circumstances, we will always handle your case sensitively, putting your well being first at all times.

If you’ve been harmed after taking Lariam while serving in any capacity in the Army, Navy, RAF or Special Forces you may be able to claim compensation. You could also claim if you took Lariam while serving in the Army Reserve (formerly the Territorial Army), Navy Reserve or RAF Reserve.

If you have any questions about claiming compensation for complications caused by a Lariam prescription, call us today on 0800 022 3321 for a free initial consultation about your case, or contact us online and we'll get back to you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Claim Compensation For A Military Injury?

If, while serving in the armed forces, you've been injured in an accident that could have been prevented if safety procedures had been followed, you may be able to claim compensation.

You could claim whether you're still a member of the armed forces, or if you've left the military since your accident, whether due to a medical discharge or any other reason.

The MoD operates its own compensation scheme, managed by Veterans UK. You can apply for a settlement through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) as well as making a civil claim, and we can help you with both – find out more about the AFCS here. In addition, if you have PAX insurance policy, you may be able to claim through that also. Again, making a claim through your PAX policy would not prevent you making a civil compensation claim.

You have three years from the date of an injury to make a compensation claim – or three years from the date of your 18th birthday if you were under 18 at the time. If a loved one has lost mental capacity as a result of their injuries, there is no time limit on claiming.

You could also claim compensation on behalf of a loved one who has died in service and you have three years to do this too, either from the date they died or the date you received the post-mortem results.

Whether you're still serving or are a veteran, the branch of service you're in doesn't affect your right to claim. We've supported clients from all military backgrounds, including:

We have helped clients following military accidents in the UK, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Cyprus, Canada, Germany and Kenya, among other locations.

If you've been injured and are unsure whether or not you'll be able to make a claim, don't hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 0800 022 3321 for a free initial consultation about your case – we'll discuss your injury, and go over your options.

What Kind Of Military Accidents Can I Claim Compensation For?

Working in the armed forces comes with a unique set of risks. Accidents and injuries can happen in any number of ways. We’ve helped people who have been injured as a result of:

If you're unsure about whether you can claim, it's best to seek advice – call us on 0800 022 3321 for a free initial consultation about your case. We'll discuss your injury and offer our expert opinion.

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For An Military Injury Claim?

Our specialist military claims team, which includes former service personnel, has over 25 years' experience in claiming compensation from both the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Our dedication to ensuring military personnel receive the compensation they deserve has seen us involved in a number of landmark cases, including:

  • The landmark 1994 Chinook Mull of Kintyre crash
  • A Puma crash in Iraq involving a Specialist Unit
  • The death of Lance Corporal Michael Pritchard by friendly fire
  • The death of Corporal Mark Wright GC at Kajaki Dam, Afghanistan

From the beginning of your claim, we'll work with you to understand any immediate medical treatment needs you have, and any support you'll need in the future, such as:

  • Mobility aids and modifications to your home
  • Rehabilitation
  • Help buying or selling a house
  • Support with employment difficulties, or help retraining
  • Financial planning advice
  • Wills, trust and probate services

Claiming compensation can be particularly daunting for members of the armed forces, with worries that it might affect your service career or the rest of your unit being common. We understand the concerns you might have, and will answer any questions before claiming.

There are very strict rules about discriminating against personnel who make a claim, and we can advise you on your rights in this respect. Compensation settlements come out of a specifically set aside Ministry of Defence budget, rather than affecting the funds available to your unit.

If you have any questions about your military claim, you can contact us on 0800 022 3321 for a free consultation on your case. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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Our Armed Forces Expertise

Since 1987, our specialist military injury team has helped hundreds of injured personnel from the Army, RAF and Royal Navy to claim compensation. We are considered one of the top law firms in the country for military claims and several cases we were involved in were recently featured in the Chilcot Inquiry.

We work closely with a number of Armed Forces welfare branches and organisations, and are the PAX appointed legal representatives under the PAX Personal Accident Insurance Scheme. We're also proud supporters of:

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  • Help For Heroes
  • SSAFA Forces Help

Several of our solicitors were part of team that recently won The Claims Innovation Award for Legal Service Team of the Year (2016) for their pro bono work within The Royal British Legion Solicitors Group (TRBLSG).

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