Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)

In addition to a legal claim for compensation you may be able to make a claim under the non fault Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) which covers all regular and reserve personnel whose injury, ill health or death was caused by service on or after the 6th April 2005.

Unlike a legal claim, an award may still be made via the AFCS if your injury was caused during a combat situation.

A claim can be made whilst you are still serving but must be made within 7 years of the accident occurring and does not prevent you from bringing a legal claim at the same time.

If an application under the scheme is successful you will be paid a lump sum for your injury and depending on your injury you may qualify for a guaranteed income payment for life in a similar way to receiving a pension.

In these cases in particular you need to check if you also have a legal claim as awards may be higher. If you have received multiple injuries as well, the award under the AFCS is capped and you need to take advice.

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Prove Fault

Time Limit from Accident

Whilst in Service

Accidents after

Compensation

Legal Claim Yes Within 3 yrs Yes Since 1987 Full compensation
AFCS No Within 7 yrs Yes 06/04/2005 Max award lump sum award £570,00 plus possible annual payment