17 June 2009
Soldiers may be in line for compensation over foot injuries
A number of soldiers are seeking payouts over damage they suffered to their feet while serving in the armed forces.
A total of around 150 claims for compensation have been made by former servicemen who developed a condition similar to trench foot known as Non Freezing Cold Injury, the BBC reports.
The injury causes permanent cold sensitivity and chronic pain.
According to the BBC, if liability is established in each case, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) - which has an annual budget in excess of £32 billion - could end up paying more than £5 million.
Meanwhile, Dr Howard Oakley, head of survival and thermal medicine at the institute of naval medicine at Gosport in Hampshire, claimed that training in the military is being overhauled.
He added that the MoD has moved away from an attitude of "well if you're tough enough" and trainers are always thinking about risk.
In addition, people are encouraged to report any possible problems they may have early on.