Statistics have been revealed that show the armed forced paid £709,000 in compensation to a solider after they suffered psychological issues as a result of bullying.
Other mental health compensation cases have been revealed, including a member of the armed forced who won a payout of £411,000 after suffering from harassment.
These payouts are believed to be the largest sums of money paid for the negligence of a soldier’s mental health and are thousands of pounds higher than the payouts for the physical injuries soldiers sustain during wars or exercise and training regimes.
There is currently a complex compensation scheme in place within the armed forces, which includes payments of £570,000 for the loss of both legs and a compensation payout of £470,000 if the soldier is made completely blind or deaf. There has been some confusion over how the scheme works and how it ranks the level of injury to the amount of compensation that is paid.
Emma Norton, a representative from human rights group Liberty, commented on bullying in the armed forces, “If the MoD wants to reduce its compensation bill, it must deal effectively with bullies – simply saying the Army has a zero- tolerance approach doesn’t make it so.”
Despite the increase in awareness of the mental health of the employees of the MoD there are still significant compensation cases of physical injuries that soldiers sustain, for example, the highest injury payment to date is £4.2 million which was paid to a soldier who was left seriously injured after a weapon was accidentally set off.
Details of compensation payouts from the Ministry of Defence can be released however claimants can’t be named for legal reasons.
The announcement of these figures comes after Cpl Anne Marie Ellement killed herself at Bulford Barracks in October 2011 following mental health issues as a result of an alleged rape and bullying whilst she was in the armed forces.
Since this tragic case an investigation has been launched by a new watchdog, it will research how the Ministry of Defence care for and protect the mental health of their employees both during training and whilst on the battlefield.
Armed forces compensation claims
Making a compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence is an unnerving prospect which results in many of those eligible to make a claim remaining silent.
Until 15th May 1947 it was impossible to make a compensation claim against the MoD as they were covered under the Crown Proceedings Act 1947. Since then the organisation have been working under the health and safety regulations of all employers, which means they must provide a safe working environment or appropriate training to their employees.
If you have been injured at the fault of the Ministry of Defence during your time in the armed forces you will be able to make a compensation claim for the injuries you have suffered.
To make an armed forces compensation claim with claimpersonalinjury.com contact us on 0800 193 88 88 or email us at email@example.com for more information.