As much as we dislike admitting it, a large part of our world’s evolution was based on wars; although they are never good for the common folk, who end up suffering the most and giving their lives in the process, in many instances wartime have brought on not only technological innovations, but societal ones as well. What we want to focus on however is that part of the population that always has to suffer the worst consequences of war. In the past, during historical events like the two World Wars, civilians were often casualties of war activity, but it was never considered that they should be compensated for the damages they suffered personally or to their property.

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  • Exceptions confirming the rule

There were a few incidents in which you could say some sort of compensation was involved, but they differed from the majority of cases because there was no wartime action taking place per se. For example, while testing the atomic bomb, a fishing boat in Japan was radiated, and the U.S. agreed to pay compensation for that, such as they agreed to pay for an Iranian airliner that was wrongfully shot down. There were and have been other compensation claims as well, but most of them were rejected because the military was considered rightful in its actions.

  • Can a civilian get compensation?

Whatever the military does during wartime is considered to take place under extraordinary circumstances, and the consequences to these actions are so important that most collateral damages and casualties are considered mere secondary effects to this act. Thus, most lawyers agree that a civilian hasn’t the right to claim compensation for personal injury or property damages, specifically because they occurred as a result of actions which needn’t be compensated. It is one thing to offer humanitarian aid, but agreeing to compensation is like admitting the military acted wrongly, and this is not possible. When a civilian gets injured like this, it isn’t like claiming compensation for medical negligence, because in the latter instance you at least know who inflicted the damage. Moreover, medical negligence refers to damages or injuries which could have been prevented, and determining the same with wartime actions is extremely difficult, if not impossible. For more comprehensive information on how to get a good solicitor and claim compensation, visit MedicalClaimsGuide and get informed before taking a decision.

  • The bleak conclusion

Unfortunately, even in our days, human casualties are considered normal consequences of war. It is considered that there are other, more important ideals at stake, and that sacrifices have to be made on all sides. The only irony is that most wars are waged in the name of the people and for the people, but it is the people themselves who have to be sacrificed for this endeavor.

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