Our client, a serviceman from Chester, developed non-freezing cold injures (NFCI) after Army training in cold conditions.
The 40-year-old man, who originally enlisted in the Armed Forces in 2008, developed the condition in 2013. A medic suspected non-freezing cold injures, and our client’s work duties were originally downgraded, but he continued to supervise soldiers outside in cold weather as part of his guard duty.
He said: “It seemed like my health was of little concern to those in charge,” he said. “At one point, I overheard a supervisor mention how they had never seen so much snow at the training camp. Despite this, they never provided us with additional protective equipment to cope with the cold weather.”
He was discharged from the Armed Forces on medical grounds in 2015 and now lives with permanent pain.
After being turned away by other law firms, the man brought his case to our accident at work team. After preparing expert medical evidence, and consulting with an employment expert, we helped him secure £300,000 in compensation.
He said: “My diagnosis has had a huge effect on my life. The pain has never gone away and is almost unbearable during cold weather. I was also worried about how I was going to be able to pay for bills and other outgoings while I was unable to work. Thankfully, Thompsons not only backed me by saying there was a case to pursue, but they were also there for me in a way my employer wasn’t, meaning I’ve secured a compensation package that has helped me find financial stability again.”