MoD trying to reduce compensation payments to injured soldiers
A soldier who had his leg shattered during combat in 2005 was awarded £9,250 in compensation. This was later increased by a pensions appeal tribunal to £46,000. The Ministry of Defence is currently appealing against the increased payments and is trying to claw back some of the money and to slash any future compensation payments.
The MoD is arguing that soldiers should only be compensated for their actual injury at the time of the legal claim and compensation should not be based on any later changes to the soldier's condition.
It seems that the MoD are hoping to draw a distinction under the scheme to restrict compensation to the original injury which is different to the position where someone suffers injury through the negligence of another and can claim for all the injuries which flow from the accident. This can make a huge difference to the compensation payments due to the injured person.
This is currently causing up roar as many believe that soldiers do not receive enough compensation for the devastating and life changing injuries they can face.
Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan said: "The government's stance is a disgrace".
Family members of injured soldiers have hit out at the government saying they need to look very seriously at the issue of compensation and need to listen to the soldiers who face the prospect of being injured every day and those that are unfortunate enough to have been injured.
Most soldiers join because they want to serve their country, not for the prospect of good salaries and compensation benefits.