Cold Injury Compensation Claims | Irwin Mitchell

Our expert military claims lawyers will provide you with free initial advice on your compensation claim and with our No Win No Fee agreements there's no financial risk to you if you're unsuccessful*.

When out on challenging exercises, service personnel should be able to rest assured that they’ve been provided with adequate training and given the right kit. But commanders sometimes fail in their responsibilities, leading to painful and debilitating cold injuries that would otherwise be entirely avoidable.

This trauma can take the form of non-freezing cold injury (previously known as trench foot), freezing cold injury like frostbite, as well as hypothermia. The effects are often serious:

  • Lifelong sensitivity to the cold
  • Numbness
  • Loss of fingers or toes

The consequences of a cold injury aren’t just physical – if you’re discharged from the military after your injury, you might struggle to secure civilian employment because of the cold trauma. There could be other financial losses associated with relocation, medical treatment and retraining after leaving the military. Any compensation you receive will help with these costs, getting you back on track.

Making A Cold Injury Compensation Claim

If you’ve suffered from any type of cold injury, our expert military lawyers can guide you through the claims process. Depending on the nature of your injury, strict time limits may apply, so it’s important to contact us as soon as you can. Civil claims should usually be made within three years of the diagnosis, while claims made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme should be made within seven.

Having secured in excess of £10 million in compensation for cold injuries, our solicitors are nationally renowned in this field. Our team has 25 years’ experience of military claims and have helped hundreds of ex-service men and women.

We’re a full service law firm, which means we can call on the knowledge of our employment and immigration teams to help you with resettlement and pension-related queries. Our lawyers have particular expertise in helping Commonwealth soldiers secure compensation for the financial losses that stem from their loss of British residency after medical discharge. We also have an established network of contacts able to help ex-service personnel find the right job.

Contact Us Today About Your Claim

We have offices up and down the country, so we can meet you wherever you are. Talk to one of our legal advisers on 0800 022 3321 for a free initial discussion, or submit an online enquiry.


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The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.

All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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"I have witnessed the dedication, courage and sacrifice shown by our service personnel first hand, and it spurs me on to defend their rights tirelessly."

Associate solicitor Andrew Buckham, former Major in the Army Legal Services