I just read this in the Daily mail (before those who know me ask in surprise, Yes i can read!) and wondered if i was alone in thinking this is an absolute disgrace. The funny bit being the RAF typist. Please read on;

Ben Parkinson volunteered to serve his country on the Afghan front line - and paid a terrible price.

The young paratrooper suffered a total of 37 terrible injuries when he was blown up by a landmine.

He lost both his legs and sustained grievous damage to his spine, skull, pelvis, hands, spleen and ribcage, leaving him in a coma for months.

Incredibly, 23-year-old Ben is still alive almost a year later - according to his doctors the most badly-injured soldier ever to survive.

All his mother wants is to buy a bungalow so she can care for him there.

Yet as recompense for his ruined life, Ben has been offered only £152,150 - little more than half the maximum award for maimed military personnel and less than a third of the £484,000 doled out to an RAF typist who claimed she had suffered repetitive strain injury to her thumb.

Yesterday Ben's mother Diane Dernie told how she plans to challenge the award in the High Court, and spoke of her disgust at this "insult" to her brave son.

"We won't let him lose his chance to come home," she said. "It is iniquitous the way his injuries have been dismissed as nothing. He deserves better."

Mrs Dernie has been told that Ben's case does not qualify for legal aid. So she is appealing for help to raise £50,000 to fund the first High Court challenge against the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, arguing that its rules are patently unfair in the most severe cases.

A successful judicial review would ensure that several other soldiers maimed in Iraq and Afghanistan will receive financial security.

Ben's case exemplifies the mounting concern about the Government's treatment of the Armed Forces.

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Opposition MPs, veterans' organisations and even some commanders are arguing that the military covenant - which guarantees personnel fair treatment in return for risking their lives - is being broken.

Ben is expected to spend a year or more in a military rehabilitation centre, but will then need a specially-adapted home and specialist daily care.

He has been told that red tape surrounding the Government's compensation scheme means only three of his injuries can be taken into account. The rest count for nothing.

In a civil claim involving similar injuries, an individual could expect compensation of upwards of a million pounds.

Mrs Dernie, 49, from Doncaster, said: "The MoD's offer is just ludicrous. It's an insult. The way the scheme works is terribly unfair to people in Ben's position, because it doesn't take consider the effects of all his injuries."

Lance Bombardier Parkinson was maimed in September last year near Musa Qaleh in Helmand Province, while serving with the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. He was flown to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, where doctors told his family to expect the worst.

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Fighting for justice: Ben's mother Diane Dernie with husband Andy

After three months in a coma - during which he contracted MRSA during one of many operations - he gradually regained consciousness.

He could not speak and remembered nothing of the past three years. Today he is making progress but with no legs, a badly disabled left arm and a severely damaged spine, he faces a long and arduous battle.

He is struggling to learn to speak again and cannot take in liquids by mouth. He faces a year or more in the military rehabilitation centre at Headley Court in Surrey.

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme was set up in 2005 to cover payments to men and women injured on duty, replacing the old system of war pensions. Losing all four limbs is a Category 1 injury, earning a £285,000 lump sum.

But having both legs amputated is in Category 3, worth only £115,000. His brain injury is also in Category 3, but for his second injury he receives only 30 per cent of the maximum - an additional £34,500.

Finally he receives a meagre £2,650 for severe fractures which rendered his left arm almost useless. None of his other injuries is worth a penny.

In addition to his lump sum, Ben will receive a pension of around £19,000 a year. But his family believe a far bigger award is crucial to enable him to rebuild a life with some dignity.

Andrew Buckham, of the law firm Irwin Mitchell, which is representing him, said: "This scheme does not adequately cover the kind of multiple, severe injuries happening to a small number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan."

The legal team will seek to persuade High Court judges that the scheme's rules are unfair in the most severe cases, that the "arbitrary" £285,000 upper limit for payouts should be scrapped, and that the scale of compensation should take into account the overall effect of a soldier's wounds, rather than only the three worst injuries.

Mrs Dernie has so far shunned publicity but she is so angry at the treatment of her son that she has decided to spearhead the campaign and speak publicly.

"Ben's personality is unchanged and he's still amazingly positive," she said.

"He is not bitter towards the Army, which he loves. He even hopes to get back into uniform and serve alongside his "airborne brothers". It was all he ever wanted to do. He lived for it.

"But he is angry at the Government. When we explained the compensation offer he laughed in despair, pointed at his back and made a questioning gesture - "what about my back?"."

An MoD spokesman said: "The Armed Forced Compensation Scheme scheme is based on modern best practice. But we are keeping it under review in light of experience, particularly the complex injuries currently being sustained on operations, to ensure that it remains focused on the most severely injured."

How others were given huge payouts
• RAF typist who injured her thumb at work is awarded £484,000 after suing the Ministry of Defence. The woman developed a repetitive strain injury while typing computer data. She claimed it left her unable to work and caused her to become depressed. :?

• Fraudster who has never held down a job receives £248,000 after claiming he fell over in the shower at Wayland Prison, Norfolk. He claims the injury left his legs numb and made him impotent. He later fathers a daughter.

• Teacher wins £330,000 from Birmingham City Council for her "trauma" after an intruder enters her classroom but does not physically harm her.

• Prisoner who tried to kill himself at Northallerton Young Offenders' Institution in North Yorkshire is awarded £575,000 from the Prison Service - even though his life was saved by prison officers.

• Undercover PC who says a tiny radio receiver inserted in her ear caused tinnitus sues the Metropolitan Police and receives £175,000.

• A total of £750,000 is paid to 197 heroin addicts who had their treatment withdrawn or cut short in prison. They claimed that the "cold turkey" withdrawal treatment they were forced to go through amounted to "torture".
Yep it's a disgrace. Yep it's a symptom of our compensation culture. Just for the record however, the typist was a civil servant working at an RAF base.

I've got RSI in my left wrist due to driving for eight hours a day with Aramark at AAC Middle Wallop. Who do I need to speak to about getting my £484,000?

Oh and by the way, I'm right handed before the childish jokes start! :roll:
This kind of sh*t realy boils my blood. :x :x
I cannot articulate how bloody annoyed I am. I've had to deal with similar issues first hand.

My Dad served his country for 16 years. He was a Corporal in the RCT and volunteered redundant when the Government wanted to axed thousands off the payroll in 1993/4.

He was eventually diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancre in 1996 and died in March 1997.
As he lay on his deathbed, slowly being eaten away, my Mother had to figh tooth and nail to get any sort of money to replace the loss of his income. We were a family of 5... not cheap and impossible if you're only getting £80 a week in unrelated benefits.

She eventually got the deserved cash, but not before throwing a wobbly in the local benefits office and suffering severe depression and mental anguish, for which she spent 18 months on hospital over the following 3 years.

It seems that signing that dotted line no longer means sh*t when it comes to getting help when you need it in later life.

Though it has to be said.. the Army pentions board is paying the promised rate and always has done. My gripe is with the government, not the Army or the forces as a whole.
Magic_Mushroom said:
Just for the record however, the typist was a civil servant working at an RAF base.
what fu**ing difference does that make, the point is she got a s*it load of money for hurting her thumb!
Did we get out of the wrong side of bed today andyboy, or do you merely suffer from Tourette syndrome?

The point I was trying to clarify was that the woman in question was NOT a serviceperson as some had intimated, and that my own Service is not allowed differing rules for such compensation.

May I suggest you now go and have a lie down so you may in future avoid such rude posts. :roll:

Kind regards,
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