If you have been injured during your time in the military, this may have been a result of employer negligence. You may be able to claim compensation if Defence failed in any of the following:
- Providing the necessary equipment to complete the job, and ensuring equipment is maintained properly and safe to work with
- Ensuring a safe and hazard-free working environment
- Providing health and safety training to those required to lift heavy objects
Military personnel need not have suffered injuries as part of their basic training. On-base personnel working in administration and non-combat operations may also be exposed to workplace hazards. These hazards must be eliminated as part of OH&S regulation and their duty of care. In fact, some of the most common types of injury suffered by military personnel is whiplash resulting from road accidents.
If you have been injured due to negligence or through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Common military injuries
The military has many separate roles, all with their own unique hazards. Some common military injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Illness due to exposure – if personnel are required to camp outdoors without the necessary equipment to keep them warm
- Back injury – if soldiers are not trained in heavy object handling such as rucksacks or weaponry
- Broken bones – because of damaged or faulty equipment such as assault courses, parachutes and explosives
- Gunshot wounds – due to improper training on the safe use of weapons
- Industrial deafness – failure to provide ear protection during mortar or explosives training
- Infirmary negligence – negligence on behalf of military-employed doctors or medics
If you were injured and your injury is not listed, you may still be eligible for a claim. Call Millner and Knight Personal Injury 1800 106 107 and one of our specialist experts can help you make a determination vis a vis your eligibility. Can’t call? Use our online form and we’ll reply at a more convenient time.
Our compassionate guarantee
Here at Millner and Knight, compassion is key and lawyers understand how difficult it can be discussing the circumstances of your accident with a third party. Our legal experts are always available to listen and help on 1800 106 107. We can also let you know if your claim qualifies for “no win, no charge” – which means if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t pay a penny.
We’ve helped many people in situations similar to yours, so we have the experience to lend the right advice you need and the support you deserve.
When you call us, you are under no obligation to start your claim.
What is ‘no win, no charge?’
‘No win, no charge’ is a legal claims process that waives any fees payable by the injured party should the claim be unsuccessful.
If your case is won, the already agreed upon legal fees will be taken from your settlement.
It’s worth noting that the losing side will pay the majority of your legal fees.
How much compensation can I get?
The amount of compensation you may be owed depends entirely on the severity of their injuries. The State in which your accident happened will also be taken into account.
Some of the main things a solicitor will consider when negotiating your compensation will include.
- Any time off work
- Lost earning and future loss of earning
- Any changes in your ability to work
- Care or support, even if given to you for free by family or friends
- Any adaptations you might need to your home or motor vehicle
- Travel and accommodation expenses
You can make your own assessment online using our compensation calculator.
What to do next
We assist hundreds of Australians injured at work if it was not their fault, even if you are in the military. Our panel of specialist solicitors are trusted experts dealing with military negligence and accident claims.
If you are afraid of reprisals from officers or superiors, or that your military record will reflect a poor standing, rest assured you are further protected against discrimination by law and is grounds for legal action in and of itself.
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