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You have suffered a "Non Freezing Cold Injury" which has been caused by exposure to the damp or cold in your work or workplace.

If you are affected by a Non Freezing Cold Injury, call Claims For You on 0800 092 1443  for free and no obligation advice on a potential No Win No Fee claim.

Exposure to working in damp or cold conditions has been recognised as an occupational health hazard for many years. If your job or workplace exposed you to wet or damp conditions, you may have already developed a Non Freezing Cold Injury or be at an increased risk of doing so in the future. Some occupations involving wet conditions can be prone to causing skin tissue problems. A Non Freezing Cold Injury occurs when hands or feet are exposed to cold conditions.  Potentially any worker who, through their employment, has come into contact with wet or cold conditions could be at risk.

Your employer is under a legal duty to ensure your well being and protection in the work place and to minimise the risk of exposure. If you are suffering from a Non Freezing Cold Injury, you may have grounds for a no win, no fee claim.

There are many occupations that can potentially lead to a NFCI exposure including:

  • The Armed Forces
  • Groundworkers
  • Water Board Workers
  • Utility Contractors

and many more.

Exposure in the Armed Forces to these wet and damp conditions, for example on a training exercise, can be a particular trigger for a Non Freezing Cold Injury.  Doctors have stated that soldiers from hot countries such as those in the Commonwealth are particularly sensitive to Non Freezing Cold Injury.  NFCI which can lead to permanent cold sensitivity and chronic pain has similarities with the ‘trench foot’ condition suffered by soldiers in WW1.  If it can be shown that the kit, training and supervision provided was insufficient then there is a possibility of a claim.

If a soldier was in cold or wet conditions for a few hours or longer, then symptoms can develop.  Once an NFCI occurs, there can be swelling, redness or whiteness in the skin and altered sensation in the hands and feet.  The symptoms can last for months, or in the most extreme cases can be permanent, leading to risk of ulcers and amputation.  Following a NFCI, a person can be left with a higher sensitivity to the cold.

If you suffer from a Non Freezing Cold Injury, you may have grounds for a claim.

  • You need not be still employed by your employer to make a NFCI claim
  • You don’t need to have had a formal diagnosis or medical treatment for your condition to make a claim

If you have a Non Freezing Cold Injury, you could be entitled to the following based on how serious the condition is.

Amounts

In 2001, a 27 year old man, Mr H, received over £38,000 for the non-freezing cold injury sustained to his hands and feet during a prolonged army exercise in cold conditions. Additionally, he received over £150,000 in past and future loss of earnings, as the symptoms he developed restricted the movement in his hands and feet. He suffered circulation problems, blistering in his hands and feet and was left unable to work outside in cold conditions.

In 2004, a 31 year old man, Mr M, received over £14,000 for the cold sensitivity he suffered as a result of a exposure to low temperatures whilst in the army. He was not provided with appropriate protective clothing and was given no instructions on how to prevent the onset of cold weather associated injuries. He suffered discolouration and feelings of intense cold in his hands and feet, with symptoms likely to be permanent. In addition, he received over £5,000 for his disadvantage caused by his symptoms when looking for new employment.

You may also be able to recover past and future loss of earnings and other expenses including medical costs, travel costs, the cost of care plus many others, which can substantially increase the value of the claim.

 

Call or email us. There is absolutely no obligation to proceed and if you tell us what’s happened, we will briefly explain if we think you have a claim and the procedure for filing a claim and the time limits that apply.

Step 1

Fill in the contact form above or call us on  0800 092 1443

Step 2

We discuss your claim to work out your eligibility.

Step 3

We act on your behalf to reach a settlement with the other party.

Step 4

You receive your compensation.

We offer an absolute and guaranteed No Win No Fee agreement, it’s that simple. If successful, we take a fee of up to 20% (plus 4% VAT) of the award of compensation, absolutely no more. If unsuccessful, our clients pay us nothing.

We are an award winning team of solicitors who specialise in industrial illness and injury claims. We use our many years of experience and knowledge in this area to file claims with employers’ insurers. Using our specialist knowledge of health and safety and negligence law, we prove and value our clients’ injuries and successfully negotiate maximum settlements with insurers. Where we are able to prove an injury, we are successful in most claims.

In 2001, a 27 year old man, Mr H, received over £38,000 for the non-freezing cold injury sustained to his hands and feet during a prolonged army exercise in cold conditions. Additionally, he received over £150,000 in past and future loss of earnings, as the symptoms he developed restricted the movement in his hands and feet. He suffered circulation problems, blistering in his hands and feet and was left unable to work outside in cold conditions.

In 2004, a 31 year old man, Mr M, received over £14,000 for the cold sensitivity he suffered as a result of a exposure to low temperatures whilst in the army. He was not provided with appropriate protective clothing and was given no instructions on how to prevent the onset of cold weather associated injuries. He suffered discolouration and feelings of intense cold in his hands and feet, with symptoms likely to be permanent. In addition, he received over £5,000 for his disadvantage caused by his symptoms when looking for new employment.

You may also be able to recover past and future loss of earnings and other expenses including medical costs, travel costs, the cost of care plus many others, which can substantially increase the value of the claim.

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