Understanding the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)


The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is a critical support system designed for UK service personnel who have experienced injury, illness, or death due to their service. This scheme applies to incidents occurring on or after 6 April 2005 and ensures that those who serve or have served in His Majesty’s Armed Forces receive fair compensation. For those who served prior to 2005, eligibility for compensation is still available, allowing them to claim for injuries sustained during their service in the armed forces. The AFCS is separate from other personal accident cover and does not affect the right to pursue civil claims if negligence is suspected. At Stanworth Law, we recognise the importance of navigating the AFCS successfully. Our dedicated team is committed to assisting you through every stage of the process, ensuring that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Understanding the intricacies of the AFCS can be daunting, but with Stanworth Law by your side, you can approach your claim with confidence and clarity.

Who is Eligible for the AFCS?

The AFCS provides compensation for a wide range of service personnel who have been injured or become ill due to their service. Understanding eligibility is crucial to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve. Anyone who has served in the armed forces as a regular or reserve.

Eligibility can be complex and requires careful consideration of various factors, such as the nature and timing of the injury or illness. Stanworth Law is here to guide you through this process, providing expert advice and support to help you determine your eligibility and navigate the claims process effectively.

Types of Compensation Available:

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) offers two main types of awards:

  • Tax-free lump sum payment: Provided for pain and suffering.
  • Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP): Monthly, tax-free, index-linked allowance.
  • If you are illegible for the AFSC you can still claim for injury whilst serving.

These compensations are determined by a tariff of injuries established by Parliament, ensuring fairness across claims. Understanding the specifics of these awards and how they are calculated is essential to maximising your benefits. Stanworth Law provides expert guidance to navigate these complexities and ensure clients receive their entitled compensation. With our assistance, individuals can confidently navigate the process, securing the support they deserve for service-related injuries or illnesses. Trust Stanworth Law to provide personalised assistance throughout, ensuring each client receives fair compensation tailored to their needs.

How to Make a Claim

Making a successful claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) demands precision and thoroughness. At Stanworth Law, we understand the complexities involved and offer tailored support to streamline your claim journey. Our experienced team ensures that every aspect of your application is meticulously handled, maximising your chances of receiving the compensation you rightfully deserve. Trust Stanworth Law to be your dedicated ally throughout this process, providing personalised guidance and assistance at every step.

Step 1: Visit the official ‘Apply for Armed Forces Compensation or a War Pension’ page to initiate your claim or call a dedicated staff member on 01282 911119.
Step 2: Provide information regarding your injury or illness.
Step 3: The remaining tasks will be managed by your file handler, who will collect the necessary information, obtain relevant records, and pursue your claim.
Step 4: Accurately present this information, as it significantly impacts the success of your claim.

You should consider collaborating with Stanworth Law for expert assistance in gathering and presenting necessary documentation, and strengthening your application.

What to Expect After Submission
  1. We will subsequently obtain your medical report, occupational records, and all necessary information to support your claim.
  2. We will then instruct an ENT Surgeon to draft a medical report to substantiate your injury.
  3. We will thereafter propose an offer to negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
  4. After submitting your claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), understanding the subsequent process is crucial. Stanworth Law provides invaluable support, helping you comprehend each step and preparing you for what lies ahead. With our guidance, you can navigate this journey smoothly, ensuring that your experience is as seamless as possible. Trust Stanworth Law to be your advocate, providing expert assistance throughout the entire process.
Should I pursue a Military Claim or AFCS

A non AFCS claim often results in higher compensation awards compared to AFCS claims due to their nature of establishing fault on the part of the other party. In civil claims, the focus is on proving negligence by the Defendant, which can often lead to more compensation which more accurately reflects the severity of the injury, loss, or damages.

We will guide you through every step of this process, advocating for your rights and striving for a favourable outcome. Trust Stanworth Law to provide the support and expertise needed to navigate the appeals process successfully.

Navigating the complexities of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) demands expertise and support. Stanworth Law offers a dedicated team committed to assisting you through every step of the process of your military hearing loss claim. Our personalised service ensures that your unique needs are addressed, while our expert legal advice maximises your chances of receiving fair compensation. Don’t face this challenge alone—contact Stanworth Law today to embark on your journey toward receiving the support you need. With Stanworth, you’ll be able to:

  • Access expert legal advice and comprehensive support throughout the AFCS claims process.
  • Benefit from personalised service tailored to your specific circumstances.
  • Ensure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Don’t let the complexities of the AFCS deter you from claiming what you’re entitled to. Talk to us today and our experts will assist you.

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