MoD challenges soldiers’ compensation

Author: By Stephen Howard, Press Association

Light Dragoon Anthony Duncan, who now walks with crutches after being shot
while on patrol in Iraq, was originally awarded £9,250 which was increased
to £46,000 by an appeal tribunal.

Royal Marine Matthew McWilliams fractured his thigh in a military exercise and
was awarded £8,250, increased to £28,750 on appeal.

The High Court upheld the higher awards, ruling that the Ministry of Defence
argument that there should be a distinction between the original injury and
later complications was “absurd”.

Now the MoD is taking the case to the Court of Appeal, where lawyers are
expected to claim the pair should be compensated only for the initial
injuries and not subsequent health problems.

It is being heard as the death toll in Afghanistan continues to rise, with a
British soldier becoming the 20th to die this month.

Since the start of operations in 2001, 189 British service personnel have been
killed.

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