Military personnel are required to work in some of the toughest environments imaginable. This means that they are frequently put at risk of suffering an injury in the workplace. One of the less discussed, but no less serious, personal injuries at work that military personnel can suffer are the severe effects of cold weather.
The top five most common ‘cold injuries’ for military personnel are:
- Non Freezing Cold Injury (similar to ‘trench foot’)
- Frost Nip
Military personnel will often be required to operate in freezing and wet conditions for prolonged periods of time, where the risk of developing a cold injury at work may be very high. The extent of these injuries can range from mild to extremely serious. Some, such as hypothermia, can even be fatal.
What can I do if I have suffered a cold injury?
The Ministry of Defence, like any other employer, has a legal duty to protect their employees from accidents at work. Cold injuries are preventable, and if the right training and equipment has been provided, your chances of suffering a cold injury work accident are much lower. However, if you have suffered a personal injury in the workplace, whether in the armed forces or elsewhere, you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over 15 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry. We are experts in providing accident and injury compensation, and can offer you a wealth of advice, both online and over the telephone. Our website even has a quick 30-second test compensation calculator, so you can see how much you could claim.
Our telephone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and our specially trained operators can be spoken to in complete confidence. We work on a 100 per cent no win no fee basis, so you won’t be left out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful. Additionally, the majority of claims can be settled over the phone and won’t go to court, so get in touch today to see if you could claim compensation. So give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from your mobile.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice