David Knifton secures settlement for Army Captain in claim against Ministry of Defence

December 23, 2016

David Knifton from Exchange Chambers has secured a settlement of £2.35 million for an Army Captain who was seriously injured after a climbing accident on Ben Nevis.

MS, 33, suffered a severe brain injury and multiple orthopaedic injuries when he fell from the rock face during a poorly-planned climbing exercise in 2011.  The injury resulted in numerous difficulties, prematurely ending his Army career and restricting him to part-time employment.

Commenting on the case, David Knifton said:

“There is no doubt that our client had stellar career prospects in the Army, with anticipated promotion to Lt Colonel, followed by a successful civilian career in the IT industry.  It is testament to his energy and commitment that he has been able to resume employment, despite the severity of his injuries. This award will ensure that he and his family are properly supported in the future. I wish him every success.”

David Knifton was instructed by Sinead Cartwright from Hilary Meredith Solicitors, and led by Chris Melton QC from Byrom Street Chambers.

Sinead Cartwright said:

“This has been a long, hard battle.   Whilst the Ministry of Defence admitted liability there were significant issues to resolve regarding the full impact of the injuries.

“Our client, who was also a keen skydiver, had hoped he would serve out his full career in the army. He enjoyed army life and everything it had to offer.  The serious injuries he suffered on Ben Nevis changed his life forever.”

MS said:

“I am truly grateful for all the support and effort my legal team put in to my case.

“They made what had seemed like very daunting and unnerving process a clear and transparent one where I felt supported and informed throughout.”