A former member of the Royal Logistics Corps is fighting for frostbite compensation from the Ministry of Defence after suffering damage to both his hands and his feet. He took part in a training exercise in 2009 that required him to camp in freezing conditions during training. The leadership course took place in Aldershot and involved exercises both during the day and at night. Temperatures dropped to lows of -8 degrees Celsius, resulting in the soldier suffering damage to the tissue in his hands and feet.
The amount of frostbite compensation the former soldier is suing for is said to be £500,000. This is being questioned by lawyers acting on behalf of the government, and fought for by the soldier’s lawyers. He left the Army in 2011, two years after the injuries were sustained, because he thought he would not be able to get promoted, and he still suffers as a result of the injuries today. His symptoms include painful joints, pins and needles and he cannot properly gauge temperatures. He suffers more in cold weather and has had to give up some hobbies he previously enjoyed.
Is frostbite an injury that warrants compensation?
It can be yes, if it was sustained during this type of situation. If an individual is required to work in cold weather they should be given the right type of equipment and clothing to minimise any negative effects they may suffer. In this particular case the Ministry of Defence has accepted liability to the amount of 75%. Risk assessments should always take place in situations where there are potential hazards, to ensure all the proper steps are taken to reduce the chances of injuries or other adverse effects such as frostbite.
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Source: High Beam