19 June 2009
Trench foot victim secures compensation of £150k
An ex-soldier who suffered from trench foot has been awarded a payout of £150,000.
Louisa Swanston contracted the condition while serving on Bosnia and had to leave the army as a result eight years after joining up, This is Nottingham reports.
The 30-year-old claims she has suffered permanent damage to her feet.
She was provided with waterproof boots which were two sizes too big and she consequently had to wear regular boots made from leather which were unable to withstand the freezing temperatures.
Commenting on her situation, Ms Swanston said: "My job in the army was working outdoors. I was offered work as a chef or a clerk but I didn't want to do that.
"I now have to always wiggle my toes around and wear thermal socks. I can never go somewhere like Norway or on a skiing holiday."
A spokesperson for the MoD - which is headed by the secretary of state for defence - confirmed that compensation has been paid.
He added that the organisation regrets any injuries suffered by its personnel.