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Heat injuries are caused when the body’s core temperature rises above normal. They are largely preventable if circumstances are properly managed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). If an injury does occur that could have been avoided, then the MoD has failed in their duty of care and you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
The armed forces claims team at JMW is very experienced at helping armed forces personnel who have been diagnosed with a heat injury. We know these injuries can be extremely impactful and have dealt with cases on the most severe level; we have even worked with families whose loved ones have sadly passed away as a result of exposure to extreme heat conditions. Our experience, therefore, has given us a very in-depth understanding of the impact these injuries can have, and the steps to take when dealing with a related claim.
If you have suffered from a heat injury and would like to speak to an expert about your case, call the armed forces specialists at JMW today on 0345 450 9547. Alternatively, complete our online contact form and we will call you back at a time that suits you.
About Heat Injuries
Heat injuries usually arise in hot conditions, particularly during tough, physical exercise outdoors. They can occur in many of the world’s regions and we have acted on a number of serious heat injury conditions where injury has occurred as a result of exposure to extreme conditions in the UK, as well as traditionally warmed climates overseas. Clare Stevens, head of the armed forces claims team, was involved in a case in the Brecon Beacons, which you can read about here.
The symptoms of a heat injury include:
- Muscular weakness and cramps
- A headache
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dizziness and nausea
The situation can escalate very quickly if not managed correctly, with the most serious cases leading to coma, organ failure and death. If somebody displays the symptoms of a heat injury, taking the following steps can help:
- Take their temperature
- Move them into the shade
- Remove their clothing
- Provide them with water
- Call the emergency services
It is the MoD’s responsibility to protect service personnel against heat injuries. If they fail in their duty and you sustain a heat injury, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Preventing Heat Injuries
Heat injuries are preventable with the right management, and the MoD has a duty of care to protect personnel by assessing risks properly and ensuring they are appropriately managed. This includes ensuring that training and other exercises are carried out safely by:
- Giving personnel the training and tools to recognise and protect themselves against injury
- Ensuring duties are carried out in reasonable temperatures and conditions
- Providing water and sufficient breaks
- Reducing the amount of physical labour undertaken in hot and dry conditions
- Providing the right personal protective equipment (PPE), clothing and shelter
- Monitoring for the signs of heat injury and providing proper treatment
When the MoD fails to carry out these duties, it can result in unnecessary suffering for you and your comrades.
WHY CHOOSE ARMED FORCES CLAIMS?
The team at JMW has an abundance of experience when it comes to heat injuries and securing compensation for military personnel who have suffered unnecessarily. We strive to do the very best for our clients, providing clear advice through all stages of a claim so that you know what is going on at all times.