What is a basic training injury?
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 safety measures of the Ministry of Defence are inadequate, a basic training accident can occur, possibly resulting in a debilitating injury and sometimes medical discharge.
How are military training injuries caused?
Injuries during military training are more likely during parachute, mountain, skiing and diving training as well as on assault courses and firing ranges, but there are various circumstances in which an accident might occur such as:
- Unsafe working practices
- Using unsafe or defective equipment
- Residing in unsafe or defective military accommodation
- Armed Forces air accidents
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 time limit for military accident/injury claims?
Claims for military basic 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.
How can we help?
We have a dedicated team of experts who have a wealth of experience in dealing with the intricate and specialist issues that arise for many of our serving personnel and veterans.
If you’ve been injured whilst serving, whether on tour or not, if you are having to deal with the threat of a Court Martial, if you are experiencing problems in the workplace or if, sadly, your family is struggling with marital breakdown, we are here to help you through.
We are proud to offer a 10% discount on our legal fees to all military serving personnel as well as those that are members of the Defence Discount Scheme.
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Please note, the information on this page is not meant to be a substitute for advice provided by a doctor. Always consult with an appropriate professional for specific advice related to your situation.