Lariam (anti-Malaria drug)
Medical Negligence
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
Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI)

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

At Squaddie Claim we have been contacted by hundreds of service personnel who fear they have been harmed by taking this drug without receiving the correct advice and support.

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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    Medical Negligence
    We are one of the very few firms in the country that specialises in medical negligence in the military medical services. We have built up our knowledge of military occupational health matters, procedures and career structures over 25 years, and so are able to provide support for our serving and veteran clients that is second to none.

    We know that many injuries that might be unusual in an NHS context can and should be familiar to military doctors, but are often missed. The result can be a lost career, both in service and in terms of the opportunities you then miss in civilian life if you have to leave early and at a lower rank that you should have been able to expect.

    We also know how fit service men and women are expected to be, and what demands they make on themselves. Sometimes, however, if they are pushed too far it can result in injury, both physical and mental. Military doctors must to be alert to this possibility, and, if they are and they do their jobs as well as they should, they will save careers.

    If, however, the military medics don't look properly at how an injury or a condition can affect - or be affected by - your military duties, your health can be injured. Your career may even have been held back or, in the worst case, have ended in a medical discharge.

    If this has happened, you need a solicitor with specialist knowledge of medical negligence in a military context, who is experienced in representing service men and women, and is sympathetic to their needs and concerns.

    Types of military medical negligence claims include;
    • Neglected PTSD
    • Lariam claims
    • Compartment syndrome
    • Incorrect medical grading
    • Spinal problems
    • Orthopaedic injury
    • Medical Officer negligence
    Our aim is to make the whole legal process easy and accessible for you. We are here to help you and your family at all times and we have an exceptional reputation for the quality of our service.
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    Training Accident
    Contrary to popular belief it is our experience that most military accidents occur whilst training for war or on manoeuvres, not in a theatre of war. This can be as a result of poor equipment, lack of preparation or briefing.

    Details may be changed at the last minute or equipment could fail. There are procedures in place to minimise accidents occurring in training but when these are not followed accidents can occur and in these circumstances you may have a claim.

    Squaddie Claim believe in providing excellent client care by keeping clients informed at each stage of the training accident case. Our initial assessment of your military accident claim is free of charge and there are various options for funding a case. If we advise that you have a potential claim for compensation we will act swiftly to gather the relevant employment and medical evidence to build your case. We have access to the best specialist medical experts to enable us to obtain evidence of past and possible future needs to ensure that you are adequately compensated for any disability you might suffer. We treat every client with individual sensitivity whilst aiming at the same time to achieve the highest financial settlement through the courts.
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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. We can however provide you with assistance in War Pension applications and claims under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).
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    Fatal Accidents
    Losing a loved one in a military accident is devastating and life changing. In addition to dealing with the loss and grief, you may be worried about your future and financial security.

    Squaddie Claim can provide support to you at this difficult time and offer reassurance in relation to your future and help the dependants of the deceased secure compensation. The law in relation to fatal accidents is complex and specialist legal advice is needed. Our experience in relation to military compensation ensures you receive the maximum compensation offering security to you and your family for the future.
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    Inquests
    At Squaddie Claim we have extensive experience in supporting and representing military families at inquests. We understand that the Inquest process can be a daunting experience but finding out what has happened to a loved one is an important part of the grieving process. Squaddie Claim are able to offer sensitive professional representation to help families understand the circumstances surrounding the death of their loved one.

    We can help obtain important documentation, including witness statements, make representations to the Coroner as to the depth of the inquiry and encourage the Coroner to make recommendations to the Ministry of Defence to prevent similar tragedies occurring in the future.

    Military inquests can attract significant media interest and the team at Squaddie Claim is very experienced in handling press enquiries and can provide support and reassurance to you at this time.
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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.

    At Squaddie Claim we have an experienced team of Occupational Deafness specialists who can tell you free of charge if you have a potential compensation claim. We may also be able to assist you with medical investigations and advice in relation to potential state benefits.

    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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    Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI)
    The affected soldier will usually have been cold and wet for a sustained period of time, often having been unable to dry satisfactorily. The soldier will notice a difference on re-warming when it becomes apparent that the feet have altered sensation. There is often a period of paleness followed by redness, swelling and pain. The residual effects of the injury can last for many months and in the worst cases be permanent, resulting in the loss of a Military career.

    Even after the initial injury, there is often a permanent increased sensitivity to cold. All soldiers are at risk, however, and statistics and studies show that soldiers of Afro/Caribbean descent are many times more susceptible to NFCI. Smokers are also at an increased risk. Most cases will occur in the UK or northwest Europe, but instances have also occurred in the winters of Iraq and Afghanistan. We realise that due to the nature of the symptoms diagnosis can often be a significant period of time after the event. In fact, even when diagnosed by a medical officer, an appointment at the Cold Injury Clinic at the Institute of Naval Medicine will not normally happen for a minimum period of 3 months to allow the injury "to mature".

    All those who are diagnosed with NFCI will be placed on restricted employment and sheltered from cold and damp conditions and be unlikely to be able to play sport or be fully deployed.

    Squaddie Claim is one of the few Solicitors who specialise in this type of personal injury. We are experienced in pursuing NFCI cases to final Court hearings and settling at round table meetings with representatives of the MOD.

    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 prompt and specialist advice.

    We can even help you with medical investigations and with an application under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
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