£1.7 million personal injury compensation for paratrooper

Stuart Pearson, a sergeant in the Parachute Regiment, is to receive personal injury compensation after he lost his leg in an incident in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

In September 2006, Pearson tried to rescue a colleague who was injured in a minefield. He trod on an anti-personnel mine and as a result his left leg had to be amputated. He might also lose his other leg to amputation because he still suffers health problems as a direct result of damage caused by the blast.

A subsequent enquiry into the accident, conducted in 2008, discovered that soldiers were not provided with a map pinpointing the location of minefields and they had no helicopter backup in case of emergency.

The investigation criticised the Ministry of Defence for not fitting winches to its planes to airlift servicemen to safety.

Mr Pearson lodged a personal injury claim against the MoD and has been awarded £1.7 million for the pain he has suffered and future expenditure on prosthetics and care. He will also be allowed to go back to the High Court and ask for additional compensation if he needs another amputation.

In other military news, Jocelyn Cockburn, a specialist military personal injury solicitor, is currently asking the High Court to decide whether the rule concerning combat immunity is applicable to the Iraqi Snatch Land Rover cases. Several servicemen have been killed in the armoured vehicles that offer no protection against roadside bombs.

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