What is TOPAS?

The Third Party Accident Scheme (TOPAS) is an exclusive, MoD approved personal injury compensation scheme, dedicated to providing legal advice and assistance to current or former members of our armed forces who have been injured by a negligent third party. The scheme is run by Ralli Solicitors and aims to provide a compassionate and understanding service, supporting you throughout the process and seeking the justice you deserve.

Who can use the Accident Scheme?
  • Any MoD employees (current or former) – service or civilian
  • Friends, family members and dependants of service personnel and MoD employees.
When can I use the scheme?

In the event of an injury caused by someone else, be it a road traffic accident, assault or any other form of accident, MoD employees can directly contact our team of military accident solicitors and obtain immediate advice and assistance to pursue a claim at no cost.

What types of claims or accidents are covered under the scheme?

You may be able to make a military compensation claim under the TOPAS Scheme if you have been affected or injured by:

  • road traffic accidents involving military vehicles or personnel
  • medical negligence
  • accidents during training or operations
  • accidents on a military base
  • death in service/military inquests
  • assaults
  • slips, trips or falls
  • assaults
  • sporting accident/injury.

The TOPAS Scheme can only be used to make a personal injury claim against a negligent third party, not the MoD.

How much does the scheme cost?

Our specialist team deal with military accident claims on a conditional no win no fee agreement. We can also arrange for legal expenses insurance to back the agreements. If your case is unsuccessful, it will not cost you anything. We discuss all funding arrangements with you in detail at the outset of your claim.

How much is my case worth?

Compensation awards depend on how serious your injuries are and what other losses you have, for example lost earnings, pension, cost of any care and assistance required, treatment and rehabilitation costs and promotion. An individual valuation will be carried out when the medical evidence is obtained. We will help and assist you throughout this process.

How long will it take?

It is quite difficult to provide an answer to this question because there are complex technical issues involved in many of these cases. Military accident claims are quite difficult to win and for this reason, it is important that you seek legal advice from an experienced firm of solicitors who have dealt with similar types of cases.

Ralli Solicitors has over 40 years’ experience in pursuing military accident claims on behalf of many ex-service men or women, or those currently serving in the armed forces. We have the legal expertise, skills and experience tto help you put up a claim against whoever is responsible for your injuries.

Does it cost me anything for an initial discussion?

No. We offer a free and confidential consultation to discuss a claim after a military injury, please call our no win no fee military accident solicitors on 0161 207 2020 or start your claim online using our dedicated form.

What is the time limit to bring a claim?

There are strict time limits for starting a military accident compensation claim, which in most cases will be within three years of the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the negligence. This can, in exceptional circumstances, be extended, but it is always best to speak to our team of friendly military accident solicitors to get the best advice possible from the outset.

What are the main benefits of the Accident Scheme?

As an MoD employee you will have the exclusive advantage of a reduced success fee. All personnel (current and former), their friends, families and dependants will get the benefit of only having a 10% reduction on the compensation recovered, which is typically lower than the sector average of up to 25%.

In addition, we are able to take out legal expenses insurance that fully protects you in the event the case is unsuccessful. You can pursue the case free in the knowledge that there isn’t any risk to you.

What can I do if I was injured off duty?

The TOPAS Scheme includes an off duty service available to all service personnel and MoD employees who have been injured by a negligent third party. This service extends to friends, family members and dependants of service personnel and MoD employees.

For further information please call our friendly military accident solicitors on 0161 207 2020 or request a callback using our online enquiry form.

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