UK Military Compensation Solicitors – don’t settle for less

If you are thinking about making a civil claim for compensation for injuries or illness suffered in the military, it is vital you consider all of the options available to you before deciding on whether to pursue a claim via the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) or through a civil claim for compensation via UK military compensation solicitors.

As expert UK military compensation solicitors, we believe it’s important you speak to solicitors with experience in military claims, who are able to provide you with an experienced opinion on which route may be the best for you, before making a decision on how you will proceed with a claim.

Do not settle for less

The government has recently launched a website called Veterans UK, which is part of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). They claim to offer veterans free helpline support and access to compensation via the AFCS.

Many industry experts believe that the MoD are not providing veterans with all of the information available to them regarding time limits in civil claims, which is subsequently leading to many missing out on valuable compensation which they may have been due.

Below, we briefly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of claiming via the AFCS.

What is the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme?  

The AFCS is a statutory scheme for those in the armed forces who sustained an illness or injury whilst serving in the armed forces.

This scheme is for all sections of the armed forces, including the Reserve Forces.

To qualify, you must be a current or former member of the armed forces, the injury must have been sustained after April 6 2005, and the claim must be brought with 7 years of the injury.

What can you claim for?

The main advantage of the AFCS is that it is a no fault compensation scheme, meaning you do not have to prove the MoD was negligent.

You can claim for any type of illness or injury sustained as a result of service.

A claim can also be brought for service-related activity, such as adventurous training, physical exercise and sports activities organised by the forces.

The armed forces have a tariff scheme which ranges from £1,200 and £650,000 for successful claims.

The upper limit is capped, whereas there is no cap via a civil claim for compensation.

You may also receive a tax free payment for life if the injury results in your discharge and your employment is affected. This will be calculated on your pay and age.

So, why bother bringing a civil claim?

In a civil claim for compensation, you can claim for damages, both for the actual injury, and for other losses, such as loss of earnings.  This element of the claim is often extremely valuable, especially in cases involving clients being discharged on medical grounds.  A client therefore must consider their earning capability in civilian life with their current injuries, compared to their earning potential in the military in full health.

The difference in these figures is often very large and can be claimed for.

Do not settle for less – always consider a civil claim

Claims brought via the AFCS do not factor in damages or loss of earnings.

Claims brought via the AFCS can also be denied, often leaving veterans and families wondering where to turn next.

As expert solicitors in the field of military claims, we advise all clients to seek independent legal advice before deciding on which type of claim is best for their personal circumstances.

Contact Nigel Askew Solicitors today

To discuss a new civil claim, contact our UK military compensation solicitors today to arrange a free and no obligation initial consultation, where we will discuss the merits of your individual claim.

Road accident in Lincolnshire – How to cope

Road accident in Lincolnshire

According to the department of transport, more than 160,000 people were injured in road accidents in 2018, with 20% of those people sustaining serious injuries.  Lincolnshire ranked second only to Kent in the total number of serious or fatal road accidents during this time.

The roads around Lincoln, Skegness, Market Rasen, Sleaford, Boston, Louth and Scunthorpe are renowned as being some of the most dangerous in the county, with the A15, A16, A17 and the A46 being particular accident hotspots.

Road accidents can be devastating

The effects of a personal injury in a road accident can be devastating and in some cases, life-changing.  It’s not always obvious where to turn after a road accident, especially if you have sustained a serious injury as result.  Nigel Askew Solicitors have many years experience in helping clients who have been injured in road accidents in Lincolnshire and across the UK.

Here we talk about some of the options available to people who have been involved in road accidents and how to cope with the aftermath.

Local support groups

Support groups like Road Peace offer accident victims and their families support after serious accidents and road deaths.  They offer emotional support, reassurance and practical guidance to all those affected.

There are also many local support groups that can be found via Facebook, which arrange regular face to face meetings to help accident victims and their families cope and offer lots of practical advice.

Physiotherapy

There are many benefits to physiotherapy which include restoring movement and function to someone affected by injury, illness or disability.  Physio can also help prevent further damage or injury on the previously affected area of the body.

Not all road accident victims benefit from physiotherapy and it’s always a good idea to speak with your GP or medical professional before starting any physio to ensure it is right for you.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

According to recent studies, over 10% of all Road Accident victims develop varying degrees of PTSD associated with their car accident.  The feelings of anxiety for both drivers and passengers after a serious accident may last up to 12 months and cause a number of other symptoms including loss of sleep, nervousness and irritability.

There are several treatments available for PTSD which can help alleviate some of the symptoms, which include cognitive behavioural therapy, yoga and massage. Always seek professional help if you believe you are suffering from PTSD as a result of a recent road accident in Lincolnshire.

Financial compensation claim

If you are unable to work as a result of your accident, it will undoubtedly put severe financial pressure on you and your family. If you have been injured in a non-fault accident, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and for any lost wages as a result of not being able to work.

Speak to Nigel Askew Solicitors today

If you have been involved in a road accident in Lincolnshire or anywhere in the UK and would like to discuss the possibility of making a claim for compensation, contact us today by calling 01507 609027 or get in touch by submitting a free online enquiry using the form to the right of this page.

We offer all new clients a free and no obligation initial consultation and are usually able to give you an early indication of your claim prospects and what your claim might be worth.

We speak to all new clients on the phone and if we feel that your claim has good prospects of success we will arrange a convenient time to meet you at your home to take more detailed information from you.

Nigel Askew Solicitors offer no-win, no-fee advice without any hidden charges.

For further reading about road accident claims, read our frequently asked questions page by clicking here.

Construction & Farming Injury Claims – Lincolnshire workforces beware

Along with construction, farms and agricultural businesses are some of the most dangerous places to work. More fatalities and serious or life-altering injuries occur in the construction and farming & agricultural sectors than in any other sectors in the UK.

Therefore, it is not surprising that work related construction injury claims and farming injury claims account for the majority of personal injury claims in Lincolnshire and England & Wales.

Injury claims in both of these sectors require expert knowledge and experience and any client looking to pursue a construction or farming injury claim should ensure they instruct solicitors who have the necessary expertise.

Lincolnshire’s agri-food & construction sectors

Lincolnshire’s agri-food sector is responsible for growing some 12% of all of the UK’s food with a high percentage of the county’s landscape dedicated to growing cereals and other arable crops, as well as fruits and vegetables.  The sector employs thousands of workers in Lincolnshire.

Construction and development projects in Lincolnshire are also experiencing huge growth; several new “villages” (near Sleaford for example) with thousands of new homes and complementary schools and infrastructure projects are currently being considered as well as large retail sector projects, including a designer outlet village near Grantham, are due to be built in the coming years. Construction in Lincolnshire is booming.

Common accidents in these sectors

Nigel Askew Solicitors have been advising the people of Lincolnshire regarding injury claims for accidents on construction sites and on farms for the past 20 years. During this period, there have been a number of accidents and injuries that we have seen time and time again, the most common include:

  • Falls from height from scaffolding, ladders, roofs and cranes
  • Crushing accidents involving falling retaining walls and construction vehicle rollovers
  • Injuries caused by dangerous machinery due to lack of training
  • Injuries and illnesses caused by chemicals and hazardous substances
  • Injuries such as fractures, nerve injuries, serious lacerations, dermatitis and fatal accidents

If you have suffered an injury on a construction site or on a farm, contact us today to discuss making a claim for compensation for your injuries.  If your employer is at fault for the accident, you are eligible to make a claim against them.

Contact Nigel Askew Solicitors

From our offices in Louth in Lincolnshire, we advise clients across Lincolnshire and England & Wales. We work as hard as we can to ensure our clients receive the best possible levels of compensation. We manage every case personally and where appropriate, seek interim payments to ensure immediate financial concerns are taken care of and we will always seek to ensure the accident victim is assisted in receiving the most appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.

In order to determine whether you have a claim, and to arrange a no obligation consultation, call Nigel Askew Solicitors today on 01507 609027 or complete the website enquiry form. We operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, with no hidden costs. If you have been injured in a work related accident and feel you have a claim, get in touch today.

The Military Hearing Loss Epidemic

military hearing loss

The Royal British Legion has reported that an estimated 300,000 ex-armed forces personnel in the UK are suffering from military noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus as a result of exposure to excessive noise in the line of service.

The epidemic has led to a large number of ex-service personnel from the Army, RAF, Navy and Special Forces seeking legal advice on making a claim for military deafness and tinnitus due to the devastating and life-changing effects of these conditions.

As well as hearing loss and the debilitating condition tinnitus, many military personnel also suffer from hyperacusis, a heightened sensitivity to everyday sounds. All of these conditions can be grounds for making a claim for military hearing loss if it can be proved there was a breach by the Ministry of Defence in its duty of care.

In other words, if you were not provided with ear protection, or other appropriate measures were not put in place to protect you from exposure to the likes of vehicle or aircraft noise; mortars; explosions; gun and artillery fire and pyrotechnics, you could be eligible to make a claim.

Could you be eligible to make a claim for military hearing loss?

Whether your hearing loss can be apportioned to an individual injury caused by a blast or some other trauma to the ear, or is due to ongoing unprotected exposure to excessive noise, there could still be the opportunity to make a claim. The Ministry of Defence owes a duty of care to all its personnel, and since 1987 it no longer enjoys immunity from civil or criminal prosecution.

Military deafness claim compensation is vital for military personnel whose lives have been adversely affected by hearing loss and other related conditions. Treatments are available and, whilst there is no cure, many of them are proven to help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. But without compensation to cover the costs, access to the best treatments is severely limited.

Hearing loss facts and figures

Hearing loss is said to occur when individuals are exposed on a regular basis to noise in excess of 85 decibels. If the noise level exceeds 120 decibels, then immediate damage can be instantly sustained.

In a regular workplace, employers are required by law to supply staff with ear defenders when noise levels reach a daily average of 85 decibels. In the armed forces however, personnel are regularly exposed to these volumes on a daily basis, often without any protection. The standard assault rifle used by the British Army for example is reported to reach levels of 156 decibels when fired, and the 81mm mortar can expose service personnel to levels as high as 175 decibels.

The Ministry of Defence has in the past been challenged over its £6 million spend on specially moulded earplugs that were intended to block out battle noise. In practice however, they did not work.

In America, the military has come up with an effective, although expensive, solution in response to the huge epidemic of hearing loss from the military over there. They have invested in high tech hearable earplugs that allow service personnel to hear important commands whilst still protecting their ears from sudden explosions or gunfire. It goes to prove there is a tangible issue.

What should I do if I have suffered hearing loss as a result of military service?

If you are a current serving member of the armed forces, have been medically discharged or have recently left the military and have suffered hearing loss as a result of what you believe to be a breach of duty of care on the part of the MoD, make the first step in talking to a legal specialist in the field of military deafness claims.

Nigel Askew Solicitors, based in Lincolnshire, is a law firm with a proven track record in claims for hearing loss.

Contact us today by calling 01507 609027 or complete the on-page enquiry form and one of our expert military hearing loss lawyers will contact you to discuss your potential claim.

Increase in Serious Road Accidents in Lincolnshire

Nigel Askew Solicitors have noticed a significant increase in the number of new claim enquiries relating to serious road accidents in Lincolnshire in 2019 and this trend has continued into 2020.

According to figures published by CrashMap, Lincolnshire’s roads are considered some of the deadliest in the UK with over 500 serious or fatal accidents taking place in 2018. Figures for 2019 are yet to be published however countless road accidents are reported by Lincolnshire news outlets each month involving cars, motorbikes and heavy goods vehicles.

The figures published by CrashMap use only official data that is published by the Department for Transport which is based on records that are submitted to them by police forces. The records relate only to Personal Injury accidents that are reported by the police, using the STATS19 accident reporting form.

Some of Lincolnshire’s most serious accident hotspots include:

  • A46 between Grimsby and Market Rasen
  • A46 surrounding Lincoln
  • A46 between Lincoln and Market Rasen
  • A52 between Donington, Hubberts Bridge and Boston
  • A150 between Scunthorpe and Grimsby
  • A15 between Lincoln and Scunthorpe
  • A16 between Louth and Grimsby

If you or a loved one have been injured in a serious road accident on Lincolnshire’s roads, it is vital you instruct a local solicitor with the necessary expertise to manage your claim and work as hard as they can to achieve justice on your behalf.

Our experts at Nigel Askew Solicitors has been representing the people of Lincolnshire for over 20 years in serious road accident claims for financial compensation and are available to speak to you today.   We offer all new clients a free initial consultation and often attend clients at their homes to take statements relating to the accident claim.

Complete the online enquiry form to the right of this page or call us on 01507 609027 and we will be happy to speak to you regarding your road accident.