Military Accidents & Armed Forces Compensation FAQs

We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions below. However, the specialist team at Squaddie Claim is always happy to hear from you if your question is not answered below or you require any further information on your claim.

Do I still have to be in the Armed Forces to pursue a claim?

No, all details regarding how your case is going to be ran will be discussed prior to you moving forward with the case so that you fully understand how your case is funded.

Does it cost me anything for an initial discussion?

No. We will be pleased to answer any initial concerns you may have by telephone or e-mail. If you wish us to telephone you then please send your number to us via the "Request Call back" form. You will be under no obligation to continue your claim if you decide not to.

How can I pay for my legal support?

There are a number of choices open to you, including a No-win, No-fee arrangement subject to you entering into a "No Win No Fee" agreement with us in conjunction with a suitable insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms. Please ask and will explain how the costs would be covered in more detail.

How soon after an accident must a claim for personal injury compensation be issued?

The personal injury claim must be issued in Court within 3 years of the date of the accident, so all supporting documentation and evidence must be prepared within that 3 year period, however it is important to seek our specialist advice on whether you are able to claim outside of three years. That's why it's important to start pursuing the claim immediately after the accident, so there's as much time as possible to prepare the case. In addition, commencing a claim for personal injury compensation right away will make collecting evidence must easier, since memories of the event will be clearer and more detailed.

Under what circumstances can I pursue a claim for compensation?

Since the Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Act 1987, serving members of the military may pursue a claim against the Crown for personal injury compensation or accident, provided;

  • The accident was sustainsted whilst in the Armed Forces in the UK or overseas
  • The accident occured at work or on manoeuvres
  • The accident was not their fault
In addition to a civil claim for compensation you may be able to make a claim under the non fault Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) which covers all regular and reserve personnel whose injury, ill health or death was caused by service on or after the 6th April 2005.

In view of the recent development that military personnel fear for their careers if they sue the MOD, Squaddie Claim has confirmation from Baroness Taylor, on behalf of the Government that; "The military careers of Armed Forces personnel who claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or through the Courts should not suffer as a result of that claim." This is in response to Squaddie Claim's Parliamentary question in the House of Lords on 3rd December 2009.

Criminal Injuries (Overseas) Scheme - this scheme was specifically introduced to compensate military personnel if you are posted overseas and are the vicitm of a crime of violence you may be entitled to compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Overseas) Scheme (CICO).

Why should you choose Squaddie Claim?

The specialist military team at Squaddie Claim has over 25+ years experience dealing with personal injury claims on behalf of Armed Forces service personnel. Our expertise in military injuries, the military covenant, military life, the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation Trusts equips us with the ability to tirelessly pursue the compensation you are entitled to.

We deal with all claims in a sensitive, professional manner and work with our clients to meet their individual needs and circumstances through the service we provide and the compensation we pursue for you. This includes considering whether you can make an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme claim, CICA/CIC(O) application or require an Armed Forces Compensation Trust to protect welfare benefits you are entitled to.