A Royal Marine from Derbyshire, was an 18-year old lance corporal when the land rover he was driving plunged off a cliff in Afghanistan, leaving him with severe skull, brain and internal injuries.
He instructed a member of the Brain Injury Group to launch legal action against the MoD, claiming that a fault in the vehicle was to blame and he had been allowed to drive without a licence or military permit. The High Court initially dismissed this, ruling that he must take his responsibility for his own decision to drive.
However, the judgment was reversed in favour of Thomas following an appeal. A lump sum in excess of £300k was awarded through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme pending a final compensation figure being decided; barrister said these amounts would “only be a fraction of his entitlement” following the favourable ruling.