Lariam (anti-Malaria drug)
Training Accident
Adventurous Training
Boxing Accidents
Bullying and Harassment
Military Criminal Injuries
Exposure to Asbestos
Fatal Accidents
Inquests
Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Road Traffic Accident
Cold Injury

Lariam (anti-Malaria drug)
Whilst serving in the Armed Forces overseas you might have been given the anti-malaria drug Lariam - also known as Mefloquine Hydrochloride - without being made aware of the potential mental health problems that this drug can cause. Most drugs have side effects but with Lariam, that has been shown to cause psychiatric abnormalities, it is essential that the long list of potential symptoms is made aware to the recipient of the drug. These symptoms include:

• Depression
• Suicidal ideation or thoughts
• Anxiety
• Panic
• Confusion
• Hallucinations
• Paranoid delusions
• Convulsions
• Self-endangering behaviour
• Restlessness
• Unusual behaviour

If you feel that you were prescribed Lariam without being given basic checks, advice and warning of the potential side effects of the drug and have subsequently experienced psychiatric problems then you may have a claim for compensation. Any doctor who is considering giving a patient Lariam - and this includes any military doctor or health provider - must take some very important checks. Above all, they must:

• Ensure that nobody who has a history of any sort of depression, convulsions, or any sort of neuropsychiatric disturbance (such as PTSD) is given the drug, under any circumstances
• Warn the patient that the drug is associated with these very serious side effects and
• Advise them that if these occur they must get medical advice before the next dose is due

Failing to take these precautions is a breach of the duty of care. The military's basic duty of care towards service personnel is to take reasonable steps to avoid foreseeable problems. If you feel that your military medic has failed to take those steps resulting in your unnecessary suffering then you should contact us straight away to discuss your compensation claim.
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Training Accident
The specialist team at Squaddie Claim has extensive experience in military accident claims where injury has resulted from an incident involving equipment, kit or training. Like all employers, the Ministry of Defence has a duty to protect employees, for example, by providing them with safe, appropriate equipment, and sufficient training. If you are provided with equipment it needs to be maintained and in good working condition. In addition, employees must be adequately trained in using equipment to ensure their safety.

Our experience suggests that many military accidents tend to occur whilst personnel are taking part in training or on manoeuvres rather than during deployment. If you have suffered a military accident, the Ministry of Defence may have failed in its duty to you and you could be entitled to compensation. Squaddie Claim has the necessary expertise in military accident claims and the principles of combat immunity to deal with your claim in a sensitive, professional way and ensure all your needs are met in relation to your injuries so that you can be well-equipped for the future.
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Adventurous Training
Adventurous Training (AT) is a significant part of military training which develops members of the Armed Force's skills in a challenging environment in preparation for deployment. Although sports should be enjoyable for participants, injuries are often sustained during these activities.

Like all employers the Ministry of Defence has a duty to protect employees, for example by providing them with safe, appropriate equipment and sufficient training as well as carrying out appropriate risk assessments in advance of activities to identify possible dangers. Participants should be given sufficient safety briefings to prevent injury.
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Boxing Accidents
Competitive sports are a large part of military life, both through organised activities and physical training. Although sports should be enjoyable for participants, injuries are often sustained during these activities, and particularly boxing matches. Like all employers, the Ministry of Defence has a duty to protect employees, for example by providing them with safe, appropriate equipment and sufficient training. The specialist military team at Squaddie Claim has experience in bringing boxing cases for example when:

• Sparring partners have not been properly matched, for example in respect of weight
• Failure to ensure personnel are fit to spar
• Failure to monitor health pre and post sparring sessions
• Failure to properly supervise sparring sessions
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Bullying and Harassment
Bullying can regularly be an issue for service personnel in the Armed Forces and is particularly stressful and upsetting for those involved. Bullying can result in both physical and/or psychological injuries to victims. The specialist military team at Squaddie Claim offer sensitive and professional advice on pursuing a compensation claim if you have suffered a physical or psychological injury as a result of being bullied during service.
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Military Criminal Injuries
Whilst serving in the Armed Forces, you may unfortunately become the victim of a crime. If you suffer a crime of violence whilst in the UK or its territories, you could be entitled to claim compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Scheme 2001. However, many service personnel suffer crimes of violence whilst deployed in other countries. Consequently the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Overseas) Scheme (CICO) enables you to receive compensation in the same way as you would have done if you suffered the crime in the UK or its territories. If you bring an application under the CICO scheme, it must be counter-signed by your Commanding Officer, or in their absence, the Officer Commanding.

The time limit for applications under both schemes is 2 years from the date of the incident. If an award is made under the scheme, compensation may be provided for personal injury and some financial losses. The team at Squaddie Claim is experienced in assisting with criminal injury claims both at the initial claim and appeal stages. There are various options for funding a case.
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Exposure to Asbestos
Asbestos is a highly dangerous material which was used regularly throughout the Armed Forces in shipbuilding and construction. It was used in flooring and floor tiles, ceiling tiles and wall insulation as well as for insulating ships and submarines. It may have been present in the buildings of barracks and base operation facilities. Service personnel may therefore have come into direct contact with asbestos. Contact with asbestos can cause many different conditions, of varying severity. It can lead to asbestosis and mesothelioma. Asbestosis is a debilitating lung disease which scars the lungs. Asbestos fibres cause a buildup of pleural plaques that restrict the normal functioning of the lungs. Mesothelioma is a type of fatal abestos cancer which affects the lining of the lungs.

If you are suffering from asbestosis, you may experience symptoms such as coughing, reduced physical exertion ability, shortness of breath and chest pain. If you are suffering from mesothelioma, you may experience chest pain, weight loss, fever and night sweats. If you have been exposed to asbestos during the course of your employment with the Ministry of Defence, and you were exposed after 1987, Squaddie Claim may be able to assist you with bringing a claim for compensation. Therefore if you were exposed to asbestos prior to 1987 you are unable to bring a claim for personal injury compensation. However, you may be entitled to make a claim under your War Pension or make a claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
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Fatal Accidents
Squaddie Claim understands losing a loved one in a military accident is devastating and life changing and making a compensation claim can be the last thing you wish to deal with. However, losing your loved one may have a significant impact on the financial security of you and your family and if the fatal accident or injury was not their fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Squaddie Claim can help dependants of the deceased secure compensation under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 to assist with financial support, household services and DIY, childcare and pension rights.

If the deceased suffered any pain from their accident, you can also claim for the pain and suffering they endured and any financial losses, such as funeral expenses. You may also be entitled to a bereavement award. The law surrounding fatal accidents is complex and specialist legal advice is needed. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, you should seek assistance as soon as possible. As well as keeping clients informed at each stage of their case, we support you through during what can be a distressing time and ensure you receive the level of compensation you are entitled to. Our expertise in military pay structures, entitlements and pensions enables to achieve this.
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Inquests
Losing a loved one in a military accident is devastating and finding out what has caused a loved one's death is a vital part of the grieving process. An inquest is held where the death is sudden, violent or unknown. In some circumstances, an inquest is required by law. The purpose is to determine the cause of death and the circumstances which led to the death. It does not allocate blame.

A Coroner will examine the evidence available and may call witnesses in an inquest to establish the cause of death of your loved one. At the end of the inquest, the Coroner will record a verdict and if they feel action must be taken to prevent similar tragedies occurring in the future, they can make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Defence. The specialist team at Squaddie Claim can offer sensitive, professional representation at Military Inquests to help families understand the circumstances surrounding the deaths of their loved ones. We can provide advice and support at all stages of the inquest process from initial advice to representation at the hearing itself.
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Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Occupational hearing loss is damage to the inner ear as a result of exposure to noise or vibrations. It can be caused by recurring exposure to high levels of noise at work or by a onetime exposure to a loud noise. The main symptom of occupational hearing loss is partial or complete deafness. Exposure to excessive levels of noise can also cause tinnitus (a ringing noise in the ear). Increasing numbers of service personnel are reporting hearing loss connected to their service, particularly those based in aircraft ground maintenance, construction and other jobs involving machinery.

Life all employers, the Ministry of Defence has a duty to protect employees, for example, by providing them with safe, appropriate equipment and sufficient training. As part of this duty, the Ministry of Defence must review the level of noise its employees are exposed to, and where necessary, take reasonable steps to protect their employees. For example, they should provide hearing protection. If you are provided with such protective equipment, it needs to be maintained and in good working condition. In addition, employees must be adequately trained in using protective equipment to ensure their safety.

We have expertise in bringing cases for:

• Failure to provide any or any sufficient hearing protection devices;
• Failure to provide hearing protection compatible with certain headsets;
• Failure to provide hearing protection devices that allow the hearing of commands;
• Failure to train armed forces personnel in the use of hearing protection and to encourage such usage;
• Exposure to noise whilst working on or around aircraft
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Road Traffic Accident
Squaddie Claim is experienced in handling military road traffic claims and is focused on providing excellent client care. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation. We can pursue compensation in relation to:

• Car accidents (driver or passenger)
• Motor cycling accidents
• Accidents involving pedestrians
• Pedal cycling accidents
• Fatal road accidents
• Military convoys.
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Cold Injury
Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI), sometimes known as 'Trench Foot' can affect feet and hands and is a common Military injury suffered on exercise in the UK and overseas. It often occurs when you have been cold or wet for a long time and you haven't been able to dry your feet properly.

Symptoms can include:

• Pain
• Numbness
• Pins and needles
• Itching
• Change in colour
• Swelling.
• Sensitivity to cold

A cold injury can be life changing and often leads to a medical discharge and loss of military career which can cause serious financial loss.

The Ministry of Defence has a duty to provide suitable protective equipment and must also carry out regular inspections for signs of cold injury. However, this does not always happen and if you feel your working conditions have caused you to develop a cold injury, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.

If you have signs of a cold injury you may be referred to the Institute of Naval Medicine.

Strict time limits apply to this type of claim, as with all personal injury claims, and it is vital that you obtain prompt legal advice. In particular, if you are facing a medical discharge or a decision about your Military career, it is vital that you obtain specialist advice as soon as possible.
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