Military training regimes are designed to be rigorous, in preparation for combat. But the Ministry of Defence has a duty of care for all employees and should take precautionary measures to avoid and prevent military training injuries.
Why are basic training accidents likely to occur?
Entry level and basic combat training involves intense physical activity over lengthy durations. Agility, strength and running exercises all have risk factors which are regularly evaluated – but injuries still arise from excessive load carriage and non-battle activities. On the occasion that the MoD's safety measures are inadequate, a basic training accident can occur resulting in a debilitating injury.
What are the most common military training injuries?
Injuries during military training are more likely during parachute, mountain, skiing and diving training as well as on assault courses and firing ranges. One of the leading causes of medical discharge last year, musculoskeletal injuries often result from training accidents, and encompass a variety of conditions such as tendinitis and arthritis. Other common but severe training injuries include but are not limited to burns, limb loss, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.
What is the claims process for a basic training injury?
Claims for military training injury compensation are usually made up to three years after the injury occurred. During the initial stages of making a military claim, we will provide a free consultation to discuss the circumstances. Following this, we will investigate the extent of the injury and resulting losses.
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