While measures to prevent non-freezing cold injury (NFCI) lessen its occurrence and severity, it is the most common non-combat military injury and is often overlooked.
What causes non freezing cold injury?
We understand that serving in the Army, Navy, RAF or Special Forces means regularly working in environmental extremes. But adverse weather conditions can pose health risks. NFCI is triggered by sustained exposure to cold, wet conditions anywhere between 0 and 15°C. An umbrella term for conditions such as trench foot and immersion foot, cold injury is closely linked to hypothermia.
Are you suffering from cold injury?
Usually affecting the hands, feet and nose, non-freezing cold injury causes uncomfortable sensations. NFCI symptoms include burning, swelling, itching, numbness and chronic pain - all of which become more intense when transferring from cold to warm temperatures. As well as this, physical changes such as redness, blisters and ulcerations can occur.
What are the long-term effects of NFCI?
Cold injury has irreversible effects without quick treatment and in the majority of cases can put an end to service. Persisting long-term symptoms include increased sensitivity to cold, resulting in the inability to work outside, water build-up in cavities and tissues and susceptibility to fungal infections.
What is the claims process for cold injury?
During the initial stages of making a military claim, our military solicitors provide a free consultation to discuss the circumstances. Following this, we will investigate the extent of the injury and resulting losses.
What is the time limit for military injuries?
Claims for NFCI compensation can usually be made up to three years after the date of injury.
How can our military solicitors help?
We have a dedicated team of military experts who have a wealth of experience in dealing with the intricate and specialist issues that arise for many of our serving personnel and veterans.
If you’ve been injured whilst serving in the Army, Navy, RAF or Special Forces, whether on tour or not, we are here to help you through.
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