Family of Stabbed Afghan Boy to Win Compensation Claim

A family is to win a compensation claim after a British soldier stabbed a boy of just 10 years of age back in 2010. The family’s compensation claim was agreed to by the Ministry of Defence (Mod) after a Grenadier Guardsman from the UK’s armed forces was dismissed from service following stabbing the young boy in the lower abdomen after a previous night’s heavy drinking session. The MoD agreed that the incident was entirely unacceptable and full liability for the compensation claim incident was admitted. At this stage, the amount of money to be paid in the compensation claim is yet to be a agreed with the father of the young boy who is a 72-year-old shopkeeper and farm worker. The original compensation claim set out to seek around £25,000 in compensation. At this stage, it’s reported that he has only received some £510 so far.

The compensation claim case was being dealt with by a Birmingham-based legal firm following the publication of the incident by UK reporters. The lawyer who was working on the compensation claim stated in an interview with The Guardian that it was regrettable that adequate compensation and medical attention were not provided sooner than they were. It was reported that the British soldier had been involved in a heavy drinking session the previous evening and consumed a considerable amount of vodka which had apparently been disguised as a bottle of mineral water. The alcohol was sent in via a welfare parcel and medics were forced to confiscate his rifle, such was the level of his intoxication.
an image showing a solider, not the one that initiated the compensation claimAfter this, the soldier had just two grenades and a bayonet as his personal arsenal. The following morning, the unit of which he was part was working their way through a checkpoint in the Helmand Province to go onto patrol. Two young Afghan residents were riding bikes and one of them was the compensation claimant. He was being sent on an errand by his father in order to fetch a bottle of yoghurt. The young boy was reported to have asked the marine for chocolate prior to the compensation claim incident taking place. Prosecutors at the court martial stated that his response was to take hold of the boy’s shoulder and stab him in the region of his kidneys with his bayonet.

In an interview, a spokesperson for the MoD stated that “‘The MoD has accepted liability for this appalling incident and appropriate compensation will be paid on receipt of medical reports. ‘Incidents of this kind are extremely rare but any allegations of ill treatment are investigated thoroughly.” The spokesperson went on to say that “Protecting the Afghan civilian population is one of the UK’s top priorities. All British troops undergo comprehensive training on the strict rules of engagement under which UK forces operate”

Jim Loxley is a Director at accident claims specialist, My Compensation


Claiming Compensation For An Accident

Our lives are full of all the things we need to do and all the things that we need to accomplish on a daily basis. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t forget about the important things in life such as our health, our family’s security, relationships, jobs, money and many more. There are moments when we feel in control of everything and moments when we cannot control anything. When you are involved in an accident that was not your fault then clearly you should make sure that you file accident claims and ask for the compensation that you deserve.

If you are not responsible for the accident caused and you get hurt then clearly you will want someone to pay for the pain and the suffering that they inflicted on you. Accidents happen all the time, but when the other party is responsible for the accident because they failed to respect their duty of care then you have all the right to ask for compensation and to file accident claims. Accidents will usually leave someone injured so if this is your case and have been left injured then accident claims represent the only option that you have.

Of course, the financial support is not going to heal your wounds or make it all better but it will help with your medical treatment and bills. The financial blow that will follow under an accident can be cushioned with the help of this compensation. You may be forced to take some time off work which will translate in loss of wages so your family budget will definitely be affected. Therefore, make sure that you contact the right solicitor and file accident claims.

With the right solicitor by your side you will be able to understand the legal process that you will have to go through and you won’t have to worry about any paperwork or legal documents that need to be submitted in court. The accident claims solicitor will be there to advise you every step of the way and to offer you the guidance that you need in such cases. This is why it is important to find someone that has the right experience in this part of the law, someone that knows all the details of the law and knows exactly what needs to be done in any situation given. Choosing a solicitor has to be done wisely, especially since you are looking to win the case in order to receive the rightful compensation.

Such an accident can put a strain on your budget but also on your health and on your family. It is clear that it is going to affect all of you and the only option you have is to deal with the situation at first hand. Hiring the right solicitor is going to be really helpful but you should prepare yourself for remembering the accident in front of the judge. Also, the evidence that you will need to present will also affect you as you will have to relive the entire moment of the accident.