Running, weight-lifting, and agility exercises form an essential part of armed forces training in preparation for combat. However, sometimes military exercises can result in training injuries when precautionary measures haven’t been observed. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has a duty of care to ensure that those types of measures are in place to avoid injuries to its employees during training.
How do armed forces training injuries occur?
Armed forces training relies on a high amount of physical activity over weeks and months in preparation for direct combat. Injuries related to musculoskeletal physical exercise are among the most commonly reported training injuries in the military.
Other contributing factors include:
- Unsafe working conditions or training practices
- The use of unsafe or defective equipment
- Poor health & safety training, i.e. incorrect technique when lifting heavy objects.
How long have I got to claim for my military training injury?
You can make a claim for compensation up to 3 years from the date of your military training injury.
Can I claim compensation under The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)?
Providing you suffered a military training injury on or after 6th April 2005, you can try and claim compensation under the UK government’s Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Speak to our personal injury team if you would like to find out more.
What is the process for making a military training injury claim?
Firstly, we will offer you a free initial consultation, followed by a thorough review of your case to assess if it’s eligible for a claim. We will accrue all evidence required to support your claim as well as inform any liable third parties. Beyond that, we will arrange an independent medical examination report and carry out all negotiations, including representing you in court if required.