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.
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
Shigella, West Nile Virus or Legionnaires’ disease
More information on these infectious diseases is available at www.gov.uk.
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)
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.
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.
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.