Hilary Meredith Solicitors has announced its continued concerns about the Armed Forces' Compensation Scheme.
The solicitors firm welcomes the increase of compensation payment to members of the armed forces suffering level one injuries only, but feels the scheme could be further improved.
Payments have now been increased for the top tier from £285,000 to £570,000. However, it remains the case if more than one injury is suffered a percentage reduction is applied to the 2nd and 3rd injury. These come at 30% and 15% respectively, there is no award for 4th or more injuries.
The problem with this system, according to Hilary, is that clients she is seeing from Iraq and Afghanistan rarely suffer one injury alone.
"Unfortunately those injured as a result of road side bombs or IEDs suffer multiple injuries and they are woefully undercompensated," commented Hilary Meredith, Senior Partner and founder of the firm. "There is no award included for care, rehabilitation, aids and equipment, or housing. These may be needed for life if victims are medically discharged as a result of their injuries and unable to work again.
"The MoD should also inform all military personnel that an award under this scheme does not affect their statutory rights. In other words if the MoD has been negligent, you can still sue for full compensation through the courts via your solicitor. An award through the courts for a level one injury could amount to up to £2million or more, rather than the paltry figure of £570,000 for life under the AFCS.
"Having attended the armed forces rehabilitation unit at DCRM Headley Court recently, I cannot tell you the affect on moral this scheme has, especially when the injured have to fight the MoD for what should be rightly theirs. The awards made are often subject to appeal by the individual who, whilst having to cope with life changing injuries has then to fight the Veterans Agency on appeal."
The Armed Forces' Compensation Scheme was originally introduced in 2005. Despite concerns voiced by Hilary Meredith Solicitors and service charities in meetings with the Ministry of Defence, it was launched with a host of outstanding problems.
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