Coles Miller personal injury lawyers are backing the idea of a national scheme to offer Britain’s armed forces access to discounted legal fees.
Under the Armed Forces Legal Action scheme, discounts of one-third would be available to personnel on active service or to those who have left within two years.
The scheme would also be open to servicemen and women who have either sustained combat injuries or have been presented with the most prestigious gallantry medals.
It is being supported of the Law Society of Scotland and is being considered by the Law Society of England and Wales.
Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack said: “We would be very keen to support the scheme that is being proposed.”
Dorset had a strong military presence with bases at Blandford, Lulworth and Poole, added Mr Cormack, head of Coles Miller’s Personal Injury department and a UK Legal 500 recommended lawyer.
Coles Miller supports military charities. Litigation Executive Elaine Catmull is a trustee of The Undentable Trust which helps injured service personnel and their families.
It was set up in honour of Captain Mark Hale who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
Coles Miller’s personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers help serving and former service personnel from all over the UK.
They are particularly concerned about the future of injured servicemen who have been undergoing treatment in civilian hospitals that may not be properly equipped to deal with them.
Mr Cormack said: “The servicemen and women that we see tend to be looking at medical treatment when they get back from their tours of duty.
“Those that have suffered closed head injuries may not be getting the right psychological support. I don’t think they are getting the right treatment at all when they get home,” he added.
Coles Miller’s brain injury lawyers have extensive experience in helping victims to gain compensation for their life-changing injuries.
That includes assisting their families to set up trusts to ensure the compensation funds are used to best effect to help the victims with the ongoing extra treatment they need.
Coles Miller Solicitors include members of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
The firm - which has five offices in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset - has more than 50 years of experience in dealing with personal injury accident claims.
Its solicitors and legal executives work on cases ranging from very serious head and spinal injuries to slips and trips on unsafe surfaces.
Coles Miller’s work accident solicitors deal with a broad spectrum of compensation claims including:
- injuries caused by dangerous or defective machinery
- injuries caused by lifting or handling heavy items without the proper workplace safety precautions
- workers being exposed to dangerous chemicals or substances such as asbestos
- excessive vibration or repetitive strain injuries
- stress in the workplace
- recovering uninsured losses following motor accident claims.
For more information please contact Coles Miller Solicitors Partner Adrian Cormack, 01202 673011.