Under new changes to the armed forces compensation scheme the most seriously injured troops will now receive up to £285,000 for all injuries received in a single incident. Previously, they were only awarded compensation for the three most serious injuries received.
This means that soldiers like Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, aged 23, who in September 2006 lost both legs, suffered a brain injury, fractured his skull, cheekbone, nose, jaw, pelvis and vertebrae in addition to serious damage to his chest and spleen, when a landmine exploded underneath his Land Rover, will see his payout increase from the £152,150 he was initially awarded.
An RAF typist who damaged her thumb whilst working at the MOD in London received a payout of £484,000 in a civil case to cover loss of earnings, legal fees and compensation for her pain and suffering.
Surely, there is some common sense left in the world somewhere?