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New payout hope for injured Para
Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson
The paratrooper was injured in the notorious Helmand province
Defence chiefs have confirmed they are considering the case of a badly injured Doncaster paratrooper as they review the Army's compensation scheme.

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, 23, was awarded 152,150 after losing both legs when a landmine exploded under his Land Rover in Afghanistan last September.

His mother Diane Dernie is taking legal action to get the amount increased.

An MoD spokesman told the BBC on Sunday that Mrs Dernie's views were "being taken into account" during the review.

The government has said the review of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) was due to be completed within weeks.

Severe injuries

The MoD spokesman said on Sunday: "We have been reviewing the rules on compensation for a few weeks now and that is still ongoing.

"Whether or not it will have implications for people like Ben Parkinson who have already been processed through the scheme it is a little too early to say.

"It is possible, however, that it may be decided that any changes should be made retrospectively to include people like him.

"It is true to say that the views of Mrs Dernie are being taken into account during this process."

Lance Bombardier Parkinson is reportedly one of the most seriously injured soldiers to survive.

He lost both his legs as well as suffering a brain injury, fractures to his skull, cheekbone, nose, jaw, pelvis and vertebrae and serious damage to his spleen and chest.

However, the award he received is only slightly more than half the maximum 285,000 which can be given to injured military personnel.

According to Mr Parkinson's lawyers, the AFCS only considers the three "worst" injuries, which are then assessed financially against a set tariff.




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