£1.7m for Afghanistan soldier Stuart Pearson who lost leg in minefield | Mail Online I have to say "Well done" and "Thank you" to a young man for both his bravery and for nailing the MOD. A few years ago one of the Royal Marines, injured in the IRA bombing at Deal in 89, issued a cause for further compensation and MOD settled out of court by paying a six figure sum. It seemed to me at the time that MOD knew that if an action for prior negligence developed then it would succeed and could pave the way for more such actions. Now a Para has done it. I don't know if he turned down an out opf court offer. But if he did so and got that day in court he deserves another medal. And thanks to Uncle Sam for coming in with helicopters fit for purpose.