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Military Compensation Claims Solicitors

Hodge Jones & Allen has been at the forefront of helping military personnel and their families with claims against the Ministry of Defence for injuries or loss they have suffered.

In recent years our award winning Partner, Jocelyn Cockburn, has won two groundbreaking claims at the Supreme Court which have extended the protection of human rights law to British soldiers serving abroad and defined the extent to which the Ministry of Defence could rely on the doctrine of combat immunity as a defence against negligence claims.

While we have a reputation for winning substantial compensation for families who have needlessly suffered avoidable injuries or the loss of a loved one, our sympathetic lawyers know that it’s not always about money. We help people gain what is often more important – the truth about what went wrong, changes to procedures to spare others from anguish in future, and an apology.

Our Civil Liberties team can assist you with human rights claims and our Personal Injury team can assist you with claims for physical or psychological injury. By working collaboratively, both teams offer a seamless and comprehensive level of service unmatched by many other law firms.

Visit the Personal Injury and Human Rights pages, or download our Military Claims leaflet to find out more about how we can help.

Our Military Claims Solicitors are backed by nearly four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.

  • What's the process?

    Whatever your needs, our team of highly experienced lawyers dealing with Military claims can provide you with the help and advice you need.

    Contact us today by telephone on 0800 437 0322.

    We will arrange a time to call or meet with you to discuss your needs and your particular situation in greater detail.

    We’ll ensure that the solicitor you deal with is the right match for you and your specific case; helping you to find the best possible resolution.

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  • FAQs

    Do I have a claim?
    Whether or not you have a claim depends on a number of different considerations depending on the type of case you wish to bring. Our military department takes on an array of personal injury, human rights and employment cases. Please contact us and we can discuss the circumstances of your case and whether or not we can assist.
    I was injured at the firing range because of faulty equipment, what can I claim for?
    If you were injured as a result of being provided with faulty equipment you may have a claim against your employer.
    You could claim damages for any injury you suffered as a result as well as any financial losses you incurred such as loss of earnings or the cost of care you required.
    In order for the claim to be successful we would need to show that the equipment was faulty and as a result you were injured. Our specialist lawyers can help you to obtain evidence in this respect.
    My son died while serving in the military, he was healthy how did this happen?
    There will likely be an Inquest held which will examine the circumstances of your son’s death.
    Our lawyers are specialists in assisting bereaved families to deal with Inquests into their loved one’s death. We can help you to obtain documentation from the Ministry of Defence, represent you at the Inquest itself, and help you to answer the questions you have about how your son died.
    Families are often advised by the Ministry of Defence that they do not need solicitors representing them at an Inquest, however we do not agree. Contact us so that we can discuss how we can assist you with this process.
    When can I make a claim for compensation?
    You must normally make a claim within 3 years of the date of your injury. However if your injury happened on a ship or in an aircraft special regulations apply and in some circumstances you must make a claim within 2 years. We would always advise that you take immediate advice when you have had an accident so you can be clear about the time limits you face should you decide to make a claim.
    Can I make a claim when I am serving in the Armed Forces or do I have to wait until I leave?
    You can make a claim for compensation while you are still serving in the Armed Forces and you do not need to wait until you leave. Making a claim for compensation while you are still serving should not affect your military career and this was confirmed by a statement by Baroness Taylor made in the House of Lords.
    Can I make a claim for compensation if I have already made a claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)?
    Yes you can but if you are awarded money under the AFCS you will have to give credit for it if you later receive compensation under a civil claim against the Ministry of Defence. We would always advise our clients to make an application under the AFCS (if appropriate) because it is a non-fault scheme that can provide early financial assistance to you if you are suffering a loss of earnings as a result of your injuries. 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.
    Yes you can but if you are awarded money under the AFCS you will have to give credit for it if you later receive compensation under a civil claim against the Ministry of Defence. We would always advise our clients to make an application under the AFCS (if appropriate) because it is a non-fault scheme that can provide early financial assistance to you if you are suffering a loss of earnings as a result of your injuries. 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.
    Can I claim for loss of earnings and loss of pension if my injuries mean I cannot continue my military career?
    If it can be established that your have a civil claim against the Ministry of Defence, and you injuries have ended you military career earlier than expected, then we would fully investigate and advise you on any future loss of earnings and pension loss that could be included in your claim.
    On what grounds can I bring a claim for discrimination as a member of the armed forces?
    If you have been discriminated against on grounds of your race or sex, for example, you could be entitled to compensation. You are not able to bring discrimination claims based on your age or disability.
    How much compensation will I receive?
    There is no easy answer to this question as it will depend on the type of claim that is being brought and individual circumstances.
    We will work hard to maximise the compensation you receive.
    We are mindful that claims are not always about compensation, and will work to help you to secure other remedies as well such as an apology or a declaration that your rights have been infringed.