n insurance company has admitted it is reviewing a soldier’s injury compensation claim after he was pictured on television carrying the Carling Cup. The decision has resulted in criticism of the company all round.
Private Dave Tatlock was given the honour of carrying the Carling Cup onto the Wembley pitch at this year’s final. It was in recognition for his service to the country in Afghanistan and more importantly for fighting back from a severe injury. The twenty year old soldier was temporarily paralysed by flying shrapnel in a friendly fire incident involving an Apache helicopter. He lost the use of his calves and left foot, has serious nerve damage and little movement in his right foot. Despite being told he was unlikely to walk again, Private Tatlock has battled through and now has limited mobility with the aid of a splint and walking stick.
Private Dave Tatlock had taken up £56 a month insurance policy with Abacus insurance before being sent to Afghanistan. It was decided he was to receive an injury compensation claim payout of £25,000. However after his appearance at the cup final, the company contacted him to announce it was reviewing the claim.
Private Tatlock has declared his ‘anger’ at the actions of the company. Meanwhile the Veterans minister has announced his views on the decision saying; “Treating a brave and injured serviceman in this way is an absolute disgrace. As a matter of urgency I will be asking the company to explain their crass decision.”