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As well as having extensive experience, we understand the intricate issues faced by you while serving in the military. When safety is compromised and a heat injury is sustained, you could be entitled to make a claim.

Through training to deployment, health can be affected by a number of causes. From the Army to the RAF to the Navy, heat is a common military injury, but its severity is often underestimated.

We understand that serving military personnel and their families give their lives to the Armed Forces. It’s more than just a job; it’s a way of life. We respect the contribution that you make and we’re here to support you.

If you have suffered a military injury, we can help. We deal with all types of injury claims involving military personnel and have a good track record in securing settlements for our clients.

We can help you with your Armed Forces claim under the new Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and advise you on whether to pursue your claim in the civil courts under our 'no win no fee' specialist military legal advice scheme.

Claiming for heat injury

Following a heat illness, there may be significant impacts on service, home life and post-service prospects. We will ensure that you receive the best possible compensation, taking into account every aspect of life which is affected.

Armed Forces claims for military heat compensation are usually made up to three years after the injury occurred. During the initial stages of making a military claim, we will provide a free consultation to discuss the circumstances. Following this, we will investigate the extent of the injury and resulting losses.

If you are unsure of your eligibility to make an armed forces claim, request a call back from a member of our military team by filling in the online contact form at the top of this page. Alternatively you can contact us using the below details.

Contact our specialist military team

FREEPHONE: 0800 046 2576 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm)

EMAIL: MilitaryEnquiries@wilkinchapman.co.uk


Why choose us?

Known and respected by military personnel and, as a Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire and Humber based law firm, surrounded by numerous Forces bases and committed to the Armed Forces community, you need look no further for all of your legal needs.

We are committed, as a firm, to support the Armed Forces community. That’s why we have given our pledge through the Armed Forces Covenant and why we are a member of Forces Law.

Keen to do more, we also work with various charities across the sector, whether through our association with Forces Law or directly as a firm.

Useful contacts

Veterans Gateway – 0808 802 1212

SSAFA – 0800 731 4880

Royal British Legion – 0808 802 8080

Help for Heroes - 01980 844280

Combat Stress - 0800 138 1619

Walking with the Wounded

Related resources

Common military injuries and how to avoid them

Returning to civilian life after a military injury

Life after the forces: transitioning from service

The effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Heat injury compensation claims

What is heat injury?

Heat illness remains a significant threat to troops and is a common military injury, but its severity is often underestimated. Each year heat injuries are sustained by military personnel, but these injuries are often preventable with the correct risk management. If you’re serving in the Armed Forces and fall victim to a heat injury due to a management issue, the MoD has failed its duty of care to you and you could be entitled to claim for compensation.

How are heat injuries caused?

Heat illness or heat injury is caused by prolonged exposure to hot environments, particularly when enduring strenuous exercise outdoors. Heat injuries such as heat stroke are medically defined by a body temperature of 40°C or higher and are considered to be medical emergencies – in extreme cases heat illness can result in death.

Symptoms of heat related illness

Heat often progresses from milder symptoms, but can escalate quickly. The symptoms of heat injury can include:

  • Muscular weakness or spasms
  • Headache
  • Dehydration
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Exhaustion/fatigue
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Body temperature of 40°C or higher

In some circumstances, symptoms may also include a loss of consciousness, seizures and physical collapse.

What to do if you suspect a heat illness

If you suspect someone may be suffering from a heat related illness:

  • Take their temperature
  • Give them water
  • Find shade/shelter from the sun
  • Loosen or remove clothing
  • Call the emergency services

A quick response time is essential. Without prompt and adequate attempts to lower the body temperature, heat injury has many complications and can be fatal. Severe complications include swelling of the brain and other vital organs, resulting in permanent damage.

How to avoid a heat illness

The MoD has a duty of care to you to ensure that every effort is made to avoid preventable injuries. Outlined in the JSP 539, the MoD states that nearly all heat and cold illnesses sustained are preventable “provided the risk factors are assessed properly and appropriately managed”.

This requires greater awareness of the risk and putting in place the right control measures such as providing sufficient water, breaks and PPE clothing in addition to monitoring signs of heat injury and treating any symptoms.

If you’ve suffered a heat injury through the negligence of the MoD while serving in the Armed Forces, you could be entitled to claim for compensation. Our specialist military team are equipped with the necessary expertise to successfully represent you and achieve fair settlements on heat injury claims.

What is the time limit for military injury claims?

Armed Forces claims for compensation can usually be made up to three years after the date of injury.

How can we help?

We have a dedicated team of experts who have a wealth of experience in dealing with Armed Forces claims including the intricate and specialist issues that arise for many of our serving personnel and veterans.

If you’ve been injured whilst serving, whether on tour or not, if you are having to deal with the threat of a Court Martial, if you are experiencing problems in the workplace or if, sadly, your family is struggling with marital breakdown, we are here to help you through.

We are proud to offer a 10% discount on our legal fees to all military serving personnel as well as those that are members of the Defence Discount Scheme.

Please note, the information on this page is not meant to be a substitute for advice provided by a doctor. Always consult with an appropriate professional for specific advice related to your situation.

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