Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)

Irwin Mitchell

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What is it?

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is a no fault Government scheme providing compensation for injuries caused wholly or in part by service or which are made worse by service on or after 6 April 2005.

The scheme does not distinguish between injuries suffered on operations, training, service-approved sports or whilst exercising to maintain military fitness. This is because, as member of the Armed Forces, you have no choice over where you deploy or the activities you are asked to do.

Making an AFCS Claim

Veterans UK, part of the Ministry of Defence, are responsible for administering the Scheme. Once an application is made the Scheme says that it is up to you to prove your case both in terms of the injury being caused by service and also the nature and severity of the injury. In our experience it can be difficult to find the evidence needed to prove the full extent of an injury.

Although you could make a claim through the AFCS on your own, using a solicitor will give you a better chance of getting you the compensation you deserve since we have a detailed understanding of the evidence gathering process, know how to present the evidence in the best way to maximise your awards and can also help to minimise delays. We can assess your situation and advise you upon whether we feel we can add value to your claim and if so we will explain our charges which will usually be a percentage of the award made. If we cannot add value we can often give you some advice about what steps to take to assist you in dealing with the matter yourself.

We are specialists in getting the best out of the Armed Forces Scheme and can help you with any of the following-

New applications
  • Cases where you have had an award that is wrong and you want to have it Reconsidered.
  • Cases where your Reconsideration decision is also wrong and you want to go to Appeal.


If you’re thinking about making a claim through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, our solicitors could help, guiding you through the process and making sure you receive the support you need. Phone us on 0808 274 3700 for a free initial consultation, or get more information by visiting our website
 

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What is it?

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is a no fault Government scheme providing compensation for injuries caused wholly or in part by service or which are made worse by service on or after 6 April 2005.

The scheme does not distinguish between injuries suffered on operations, training, service-approved sports or whilst exercising to maintain military fitness. This is because, as member of the Armed Forces, you have no choice over where you deploy or the activities you are asked to do.

Making an AFCS Claim

Veterans UK, part of the Ministry of Defence, are responsible for administering the Scheme. Once an application is made the Scheme says that it is up to you to prove your case both in terms of the injury being caused by service and also the nature and severity of the injury. In our experience it can be difficult to find the evidence needed to prove the full extent of an injury.

Although you could make a claim through the AFCS on your own, using a solicitor will give you a better chance of getting you the compensation you deserve since we have a detailed understanding of the evidence gathering process, know how to present the evidence in the best way to maximise your awards and can also help to minimise delays. We can assess your situation and advise you upon whether we feel we can add value to your claim and if so we will explain our charges which will usually be a percentage of the award made. If we cannot add value we can often give you some advice about what steps to take to assist you in dealing with the matter yourself.

We are specialists in getting the best out of the Armed Forces Scheme and can help you with any of the following-

New applications
  • Cases where you have had an award that is wrong and you want to have it Reconsidered.
  • Cases where your Reconsideration decision is also wrong and you want to go to Appeal.


If you’re thinking about making a claim through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, our solicitors could help, guiding you through the process and making sure you receive the support you need. Phone us on 0808 274 3700 for a free initial consultation, or get more information by visiting our website
Are you a no-win no-fee deal, or would a payment be expected no matter the result?
 

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Rather sneakily, I posted that on behalf of IM so they aren't really available to answer questions.

Are you a no-win no-fee deal, or would a payment be expected no matter the result?

I'd suggest that following from their website provides the answer though - No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claims

A 'No Win No Fee' agreement, often known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA), allows you to make a personal injury claim providing you security and peace of mind with no financial risk to you*.

If you win your case, your opponent will pay the majority of your legal costs. Any legal costs not paid by your opponent will be deducted from the compensation that you receive.

In the event that your case isn’t successful, you can be assured that there is no financial risk and you won’t have to pay anything.*

* Subject to entering into a No Win No Fee agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.
 
No offence to Irwin Mitchell but you could also take free advice from the RBL, SSAFA or a number of other service charities who will represent you free of charge during an AFCS claim and any subsequent appeal. In my experience they are often more experienced in AFCS claims than the solicitors. And free of charge.
 

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I currently have an AFCS claim running and I cannot recommend the RBL enough, they are incredibly helpful and know this inside out.
 
I am in receipt of an abated AFCS GIP but apart from the letter informing me what it was back in 2012 I've not received any updates on it like you get with War Pensions. Does anyone else get annual notification of rises due to inflation?

I've emailed veterans uk twice and am still awaiting their response.
 
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in our experience it can be difficult to find the evidence needed to prove the full extent of an injury, I have and shown how flawed the Scheme is for Veterans's lucky my Gulf War Son I am an administrator unlucky for him every path of prognosis decade was without the MOD advantage. Missing Deployment Records the Sinister Secret that hides accountabiliities of Missing War Lost or Destroyed Field Records - Allies in war US have called out publicly? you couldnt write my story without factul evidence its Shameful of British Military
 

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