A 29-year-old soldier from Somerset has been awarded over £125,000 in frostbite compensation after cold weather training left him with permanent injuries. John Billett, a former Lance Corporal in the Royal Logistics Corps, took part in a training exercise where the temperature dropped to minus 8 degrees centigrade. He was forced to lie down in snow, camping in freezing holes during the training exercise and suffered damage to both his feet.
Mr Billett now has reduced sensation in both feet, and suffers from tremors, pins and needles, swollen, painful joints and an inability to accurately gauge temperatures. Cold, rainy and windy weather exacerbates Mr Billett’s condition – he can’t play outside with his children or garden in cold weather, and he has had to give up playing rugby, a sport he loved before his injury.
The Judge awarded Mr Billett £127,956 in frostbite compensation after the MoD admitted they accepted 75% liability for his injuries. If you have been injured whilst training with the army, navy or other military services, you may be able to make a claim for compensation against the MoD. You’ll need the services of a reputable personal injury lawyer to do so.
How to claim against the MoD
Some people are daunted at the prospect of making a claim for personal injury compensation against the MoD, but there is no need to be. The MoD are used to dealing with claims for compensation and have procedures in place to deal with claims, so provided you work with a reputable personal injury lawyer, you have every chance of making a successful claim. There’s usually a three year time limit in place for claims, and you may need to attend court, depending on the complexity of your case and the amount of compensation you are claiming.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can help you make a claim for compensation against the MoD. We’ll need to discuss your situation in full, so call us on our freephone helpline to speak to a member of the team. We offer confidential, no-obligation advice to all our customers and have been recommended for our excellent standards of customer service by our patron, UK consumer champion and TV personality Esther Rantzen. We won’t judge you or turn you away – instead we’ll offer advice and a 100% no win, no fee** service, no matter how you have been injured.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown