The work undertaken by UK Special Forces (UKSF) can be extremely dangerous and it's generally accepted that there’s a high degree of risk involved in serving in these units.

But the Ministry of Defence (MoD) should still be taking every precaution to ensure you can do your job as safely as possible. If you've been injured, or a loved one has been killed, because of an oversight leading to an accident then our solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.

In addition to handling claims for Army, RAF and Royal Navy personnel, our lawyers have acted on behalf of regular and reserve members of:

  • The Special Air Service (SAS)
  • The Special Boat Service (SBS)
  • The Parachute Regiment
  • The Royal Marines
  • The Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR)
  • Bomb Disposal.

Our military injury team includes a number of former service personnel, so we understand the concerns that members of the armed forces may have, particularly the need for confidentiality when making Special Forces claims.

If you think your injury was caused by a failing or negligence on the part of the MoD, then you may have a case. Contact us on 0800 022 3321 for a free initial consultation and we'll discuss your accident and give you expert advice on your options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Claim Compensation For Special Forces Injuries?

If you've been injured in an accident that you believe was caused by negligence on the part of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

However, as you will have signed a particular confidentiality clause, you will need Express Permission authorised in writing before you instruct us. Our lawyers have years of experience in this area and can help you find the appropriate person to authorise this.

Even if you've already received a settlement through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), you may also be able to bring a civil claim against the MoD.

By the nature of their roles, our former clients can't be identified, but we've helped many specialist unit personnel who have been injured in accidents such as:

Recent cases we've worked on have involved injuries that have taken place during training at home and in the US, as well as on deployment in Africa, Oman, Iraq and Afghanistan. Injuries that we've helped clients claim for include:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Blast injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Fatal injuries
  • Psychological trauma

You usually have three years from the date of injury to bring a claim for compensation. In the case of fatal accidents, the family of the deceased have three years from either the date your loved one died, or the date you received the post-mortem results.

If you're unsure whether or not you'll be able to make a claim, it's best to seek some legal advice to find out exactly what your options are. Contact us on 0800 022 3321 today for a free initial consultation. There's no obligation to continue – you're welcome to just ask us for our advice.

Could Claiming Put Other Members Of My Unit In Danger?

We understand that you may have concerns about pursuing a compensation claim as a member of a specialist unit, whether past or present. Previous clients have been concerned that public exposure or a loss of funding may put their unit at risk.

Any settlement award is paid by the Ministry of Defence out of a specific budget that's set aside for exactly these sorts of situations, and does not affect your unit's budget at all. It certainly won't have any impact on the amount and quality of kit, equipment and other resources for your friends who remain in service.

The claims process is also kept as private and confidential as is possible. Your solicitor owes you a strict duty of confidentiality, and won't discuss your case with any third party without your express permission.

Although all court proceedings are generally a matter of public record, the names of those serving in the UK Special Forces can be kept from appearing in court documents where justified, such as if it would put you or your unit at risk.

If you have any other concerns about confidentiality, or about the claims process in general, contact us on 0800 022 3321 today for a free initial consultation and we'll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Special Forces Claim?

Our personal injury team is the largest in the UK, and has had extensive success in making compensation claims against the Ministry of Defence (MoD). A number of members of the team are former service personnel themselves, giving us a unique insight in these cases.

We have a proven track record in representing members of the UK Special Forces with care, support, and confidentiality. Although the names of our clients in these cases can't be revealed, some examples of recent settlements include:

  • Client A – received £1.2m after being injured in an aviation crash overseas, with complex issues concerning the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).
  • Client B – received £1m after a vehicle rollover, with the difficult issue of late onset of symptoms.
  • Client C – family received £720k after a loved one died in an air accident.
  • Client D – received £4.7m, including rehabilitation and care after catastrophic injury whilst serving overseas.
  • Client E – received £1.2m after a training accident lead to trauma and extensive injuries.

In many of these claims, the injuries experienced were life-changing, often resulting in the loss of a service career, and the earnings and support network that goes with it. When this happens, we're there to support our clients every step of the way.

Rehabilitation is a key part of our service, and we'll work with you from the beginning of the claim to identify any medical care and support needs you have now, and will have in the future. This includes physiotherapy, mental health care, and support such as mobility aids or home modifications.

If you have any questions about our services, or how we can help, don't hesitate to get in touch. Call today on 0800 022 3321 for a free initial consultation on your case.

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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.

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