Regular readers will know of my disdain in certain compensation claims where you can get a squillion pounds for hurt feelings & Ã‚Â£2.50 for having your legs blown off.
The MOD has just paid out Ã‚Â£2.4million to a Kosovan man who was accidentally shot in the face by a British soldier.
Six men were driving round a British-guarded building in Pristina in 1999, firing guns in the air to celebrate a national holiday.
A group of paratroopers, fearing they were under fire & in danger, opened fire on the jeep killing 2 occupants & wounding Mohamed Bici. He was subsequently flown to the UK & treated on the NHS. He was then granted legal aid to sue the MOD in a British court. He won Ã‚Â£346,000 legal costs & Ã‚Â£2,054,000 cash. The paratroopers were found innocent of any wrong-doing at an enquiry.
Royal Marine, Mark Ormerod was offered Ã‚Â£214,000 when he lost both legs & an arm after being blown up.
A similar injury to Mr Bici’s would earn just Ã‚Â£11,000 compensation should it happen to one of our servicemen.