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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can soldiers claim if they catch an infection whilst on tour abroad?

    Soldiers can be posted just about anywhere in the world and continually face the risk of injuries by training accidents or combat action. Depending on where soldiers are sent, there is also a risk of them catching an infection whilst on tour abroad.

    Potential infections

    In addition to the risk of food poisoning infections, soldiers could be exposed to the risk of being infected with a wide range of serious, potentially fatal diseases including, among others:

    • Brucellosis, Campylobacter Jejuni or Cholera

    • Dengue fever, Malaria or Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

    • Nontyphoid Salmonella, Q Fever (Coxiella Burnetii) or Visceral Leishmaniasis

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    • Shigella, West Nile Virus or Legionnaires’ disease

    More information on these infectious diseases is available at

    Can soldiers claim if they catch an infection whilst on tour abroad?

    Section two paragraph three of the government’s compensation guidelines for the armed forces states that (paraphrased to avoid copyright infringements):

    ‘You may claim for any illness or injury sustained because of your service. Claims may be submitted for any illness or injury that occurred while participating in service-related activities including:

    • Organised sport (such as for instance, inter-service athletics)

    • Physical exercise

    • AT (Adventurous Training)

    Claims may range from minor fractures to amputations and serious conditions, including, among others, mental disorders.’

    This, of course, means that you can indeed claim if you catch an infection whilst on tour abroad.

    Helpful advice

    We, Accident Advice Helpline, are here to help you by providing helpful, sympathetic and confidential advice on when and how to make a personal injury claim. All you must do to enable us to assist you is call our freephone helpline within three years of the date your service-related accident or the diagnosis of your infection occurred.

    Why us?

    There are three good reasons to get advice and have one of our in-house solicitors conduct your claim:

    • Our nationwide legal team has more than 15 years’ experience in getting injured soldiers the compensation they are entitled to

    • The legal advice we provide is 100 percent obligation-free – while we obviously recommend making a claim, you will at no point be put under any obligation to do so

    • We invariably handle claims on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so there is no need to worry about the cost of making a claim

    If you were injured or infected while on tour abroad, call our 24/7 advice line on 0800 689 0500 or, if calling from your mobile, 0333 500 0993 now to learn more.

    Date Published: April 20, 2017

    Author: SM Content

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