Heat injury

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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.

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Our military team are equipped with the necessary expertise to successfully represent military personnel and achieve fair settlements on heat injury claims.

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.

If you are unsure of your eligibility to make a military injury claim, get in touch with our team on 0800 046 2567 during 9am-5pm on weekdays, email MilitaryEnquiries@wilkinchapman.co.uk or fill out the form at the top of this page.

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Heat injury

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.

What causes heat injury?

We understand that serving in the military means regularly working in environmental extremes. But the combination of physical activity and adverse conditions can pose health risks. Heat, also referred to as heat exhaustion, heat stress and heat stroke, is caused by physical exercise in high temperatures or prolonged exposure to hot environments.

Do you know the signs of heat?

Heat stroke, medically defined by a body temperature of 40°C or higher, is considered an emergency. Heat often progresses from milder symptoms such as muscle cramps, a throbbing headache, dizziness and nausea to rapid breathing and heart rate, disorientation, slurred speech, seizures and unconsciousness.

What are the effects of heat stroke?

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.

What is the claims process for heat illness?

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.

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


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