Lump sum awards
A lump sum is payable to the Service person or former Service person based on the tariff level for their injury(ies). The AFCS Tariff has 15 levels from 1 (most severe) to 15 (least severe). Each tariff level has a corresponding level of lump sum payment.
The tariffs are made up of ‘descriptors’ which are simply a description of the injury/injuries awarded. In some cases your injury may be described by more than one descriptor.
In some cases Supplementary Awards may be payable for each of the conditions listed below.
- Incontinence of the bowel, bladder, or both
- Physical disfigurement due to an injury to external genitalia
- loss of one kidney or treatment for the injury requires a kidney to be removed
- where an injury to a limb, including a fracture, is accompanied by acute compartment syndrome that requires operative treatment.
- where a blast injury to the ears results in the tympanic membrane being perforated
- an open fracture
The amount payable as a supplementary award will be added to the value of the lump sum for your descriptor to form the relevant amount (see below).
Where appropriate, injuries are allocated to one of five body zones depending on the area affected:
- Head & Neck
- Upper & Lower Limbs
- Mental Health
The body zones affected determine how your award is calculated. Where you have been awarded more than one injury, your lump sum award will be calculated according to the severity of your injuries, the number of body zones affected and the injuries awarded.
There are three ways of doing this. These are:
|1. Where a descriptor is at tariff levels 1 – 4 or 2 descriptors at tariff levels 5 or 6 have been awarded, the amount of lump sum to be paid will be 100% of the relevant amount for all injuries. Click here for an example calculation.
2. Where there are at least 2 injuries at tariff level 11 or above and there is at least one tariff level 11 or above in more than one body zone, the relevant amounts for the descriptors in each body zone are added up and then the body zones are put in order from highest to lowest and the total award is calculated as follows:
100% for the 1st zone
80% for the 2nd zone
60% for the 3rd zone
40% for the 4th zone
20% for the 5th zone
Applying the percentages to the body zones forms the amount payable for each zone. These are then added together to make the total award. Click here for an example calculation.
3. Where all injuries are in one body zone, there are no injuries at tariff level 11 or above or there is only one injury at tariff level 11 or above. The descriptors are put in order of their relevant amount and the total award is calculated as follows:
100% for the 1st descriptor
80% for the 2nd descriptor
60% for the 3rd descriptor
40% for the 4th descriptor
20% for the 5th and all other descriptors
Applying the percentages to the descriptors forms the amount payable for each one. These are then added together to make the total award. Click here for an example calculation
Lump sum awards may be subject to adjustment due to compensation payments for the same injury from another source eg a negligence claim made against the MOD.