Military Claims – Trench Foot and Non-Freezing Cold Injury

Military Claims – Trench Foot and Non-Freezing Cold Injury

A non-freezing cold injury (NFCI) is the name given to injuries resulting from a cold environment. Commonly known as ‘trench foot’ or ‘immersion foot’.

The severity and long-term debilitating implications for this type of injury are often overlooked.

Historically, a problem for soldiers engaged in trench warfare during the winters of World War I, this, often preventable injury, still exists today.

Typically, NFCI’s are found in Soldiers and Royal Marines engaged in lengthy exposure to wet and cold conditions. As the body’s core temperature drops, the blood flow to the hands and feet reduces depriving them of essential nutrients.

Discomfort, swelling, discoloration, chronic pain, numbness, blisters, ulcerations and redness are amongst the symptoms. The effects vary and can be short lived or last months and can even be long term. In some cases, sensitivity to cold increases and individuals are unable to work or enjoy the outside in colder weather. Severe symptoms can lead to amputation and often have a psychological effect too.

NFCI’s are largely preventable. The MOD, like any other employer, has a duty of care to protect their employees and service personnel. Providing such things as education for individuals and team leaders, limiting exposure to adverse conditions, regular hot drinks, providing suitable clothing and footwear and early identification and treatment can prevent NFCI’s or at least limit the severity.


It may be likely that the MOD have failed in their duty of care if an unnecessary NFCI occurs.

If you believe you have suffered a NFCI, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your compensation options. You may be eligible to bring a claim in the courts against the MOD but time limits exist, so do not delay in seeking advice.

We offer “No Win, No Fee” claims, meaning there is usually no upfront cost or financial risk for starting a claim. We offer free initial consultation, so we can talk through your situation with you and give clear, practical advice about whether we believe your claim merits further investigation and how the claims process works.

Natasha Mason  Linda Woolams

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