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Soldier Receives Army Compensation Following An Injury That Leads To Medical Discharge

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Armed Forces solicitors have helped a soldier claim compensation after he suffered a non-freezing cold injury.

In 2007, our client, a member of the Royal Logistics Corps, started to notice that his fingers and feet were becoming swollen when he was working in cold weather conditions. When his symptoms did not improve our client saw his unit medical officer and was referred to a non-freezing cold expert. The expert recommended that our client should work indoors and be issued with specialist cold weather boots.

Despite requesting the boots, our client was not issued with any and instead, was ordered to go on a field exercise. During the exercise our client noticed that his hands and feet became swollen and painful.

When he returned from exercise our client was ordered to work in a stores hanger which was not heated.

Our client worked in the hanger for up to seven hours per day, during which time, his hands and feet worsened.

During a follow up appointment with the cold injury expert, it was noted that his condition had become significantly worse and he was subsequently diagnosed as having a non-freezing cold injury.

As a result of his injury our client was medically discharged.

The Ministry of Defence would not accept responsibility for our client’s injuries and argued that our client had caused his own injuries. However, through the perseverance of his specialist Armed Forces solicitors at Irwin Mitchell, a settlement was reached at a Joint Settlement Meeting in January 2013 and our client received £180,000.

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