Five months after David Cameron promised he would consider setting up a £25 million fund for servicemen exposed to radiation, those affected are still waiting. Offspring of over 22,000 British troops who were sent to witness nuclear tests in the South Pacific showed a rate of birth defects 16 times the normal average, whilst partners of the service men experienced 50% more stillbirths and miscarriages.
Amongst the servicemen exposed to radiation was veteran Bill Clarkson, who recently died, aged 84, with a rare form of leukaemia. 36% of veterans have reported birth defects in their children but claims for radiation compensation have been contested by governments over the years. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren have also been affected, with 20% of veterans reporting their grandchildren have suffered birth defects and 13% with affected great-grandchildren.
Exposure to radiation can lead to miscarriages, birth defects and serious disease, and if you have been affected through exposure at work, you could make a claim for radiation compensation.
Have you been exposed to radiation?
You might think that the only way to be exposed to radiation is from a nuclear blast, but that’s not true. There are plenty of professions where you could be exposed to radiation either accidentally or as part of your profession, and it’s your employer’s duty to keep you safe whilst at work. If they fail to do so, you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation, and the amount of compensation you’ll receive depends on your pain and suffering, any loss of earnings and the cost of any medical treatment or care you have needed as a result of your illness or injury.