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A non-freezing cold injury (NFCI) is one of the most common type of injuries sustained by military personnel. It occurs when blood flow is reduced, causing body temperature to drop below its normal state for a prolonged period of time. This typically affects the hands and feet and can result in pain, swelling, numbness, or excessive sweating. This condition is sometimes referred to as ‘trench foot’ when the feet are affected.
Personnel are most at danger of sustaining a non-freezing cold injury when doing outdoor exercises where it is cold and wet and both the onset and deterioration can be rapid.
This injury can last anything between several months to several years, and treatment options are limited. It may even result in medical discharge from the military resulting in financial instability for the victim.
However, with proper equipment and training NFCI injuries are preventable. The Ministry of Defence owes a legal duty of care to its personnel in respect of preventable injuries, including non-freezing cold injuries. This duty extends to providing education around the condition, how to prevent it and how to recognise the symptoms, as well as providing suitable equipment and limiting any unnecessary exposure to cold and wet environments.
If a NFCI injury is sustained, then it should be reported to the medical officer or centre. If left untreated then the condition could worsen and can lead to permanent damage to blood vessels and nerves.
Historically, Crown Immunity prohibited a non-freezing cold injury compensation claim being brought against the Ministry of Defence. However, immunity was lifted in 1987. This means that if you served after this date and suffered a NFCI then you may be eligible to bring a compensation claim.
If you are still serving or a veteran and need guidance on making a compensation claim then please contact our free confidential helpline. We will assess your case without charge and explain how No Win No Fee funding works.