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Covid-19 Claims For Military Personnel

Were you deployed to a NHS hospital, ambulance service, medical centre, a Nightingale Hospital or other healthcare facility during the Covid pandemic from 2020 onwards, and suffered, or continue to

suffer, from Covid or other symptoms? If so, you may be able to claim compensation.

Military personnel from the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy were part of the UK’s Covid-19 response both at home and overseas. The Armed Forces were engaged in a major role during the pandemic.

In 2020, the MoD confirmed the Armed Forces response to Covid-19 had become the biggest homeland military operation in recent times, being involved in rolling out the vaccination programme, testing, administering injections, and other roles.

Hundreds of military medics and general duties personnel deployed to Covid hotspots across the UK in late 2021 and early 2022, assisting in providing patient care, checking in patients, and conducting basic checks.

 

More than 300 military personnel were also deployed across England and Wales as ambulance drivers and front line support.

Approximately, 34,000 military personnel were deployed to support the UK pandemic over the course of more than 2 years.

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is investigating potential claims that the Ministry of Defence may have failed to provide proper, or any adequate protection or training, to military personnel leading to members of the Armed Forces contracting Covid-19 or other injury, illness or disease.

Symptoms of long Covid include fatigue, feeling short of breath, loss of smell, muscle aches, memory problems, dizziness, joint pain, loss of taste, and rashes.

As well as there being the possible failure to provide appropriate, or any PPE, there may be a failure to diagnose, investigate or treat you appropriately.

If you believe you may have a claim then please complete the enquiry form and your details will be passed to one of our specialists for review.

  • Should I bring a claim:
    If negligence by your employer (MoD) caused you to contract Covid during the pandemic and you suffered injury, loss of earnings, promotion, pension, or other losses we can help. If you were not provided with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or training and suffered injury you may be entitled to be compensated for your reasonable losses and injury. You may be continuing to suffer from Covid and it may have long term impact on you and your ability to keep your military career, promotion prospects, deployability and could impact on your ability to find employment in civilian sector after discharge on medical or other grounds. As well as there being a potential Employer’s Liability claim, you may also have a Clinical Negligence claim.
  • Who is the Potential Defendant:
    The Ministry of Defence will be a potential Defendant as they are responsible for the British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force personnel.
  • What happens once I submit the Enquiry Form:
    We will set up a file and send you a Client Care Letter and our Conditional Fee Agreement by email. Once the signed documents have been received we shall contact you to obtain some further details, and request a copy of your medical and personnel records. We shall then review your claim and as the case progresses we will update you by email.
  • How do I know if I have a claim:
    Once the completed enquiry form has been completed, we will then assess your potential claim, and contact you by email regarding the next steps/progression of the claim.
  • How will the claim be funded:
    The claim will be funded by way of a Conditional Fee Agreement, ‘No Win No Fee’.
  • What happens in an Employer’s Liability claim:
    In an Employer’s Liability claim it is necessary to show that there has been: a) A duty of care; b) A breach in the duty of care; c) A link between the breach of duty and the injury you suffered; Medical evidence will be required to support these. A Letter of Claim will be served on any potential Defendant (e.g. MoD). This will set out the allegations of negligence, and the losses caused to you. The Defendant(s) will then investigate and provide a reply within approximately 4 months of the Letter of Claim. The potential value of your claim will be investigated. This includes assessing the potential value of any claim for General Damages (pain, suffering and loss of amenity), and Special Damages, (Loss of earnings, pension, benefits, care, assistance, medical treatment, and other losses). The above list is not exhaustive and further details will be provided in due course;
  • What happens in a Clinical Negligence claim:
    In a Clinical Negligence claim it is necessary to show that there has been: a) A duty of care; b) A breach in the duty of care; c) A link between the breach of duty and the injury you suffered, (causation); A clinical negligence claim is where there is a potential breach of duty provided to you by a healthcare professional (Dr/MO/Hospital), as opposed to an employer. In military matters the Defendant may also be the MoD. Medical evidence will be required to support the issues of Breach of Duty and/or Causation. A Letter of Claim will be served on any potential Defendant, (e.g. MoD). This will set out the allegations of negligence, and the losses caused to you. The Defendant(s) will then investigate and provide a reply within approximately 4 months of the Letter of Claim. The potential value of your claim will be investigated. This includes assessing the potential value of any claim for General Damages (pain, suffering and loss of amenity), and Special Damages, (Loss of earnings, pension, benefits, care, assistance, medical treatment, and other losses). The above list is not exhaustive and further details will be provided in due course;
  • How long do I have to bring a claim?
    You have 3 years to bring an Employer’s Liability and/or a Clinical Negligence claim to bring a claim. The date from which the 3 year limitation dated is calculated is the date of the date of injury, (illness), or your date of knowledge. There is a discretion the Court may grant in certain circumstances. However, if you fail to bring a claim within 3 years you will be statute barred and may be prevented from bring a claim at all thereby losing any opportunity to compensation. As such, if you have not completed the enquiry form we suggest you do so without delay.

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