NFCI (Non-Freezing Cold Injury)


We are specialist military claim solicitors who will help you get the compensation you deserve for your NFCI.

    Military NFCI Claims

    Welcome to the Nigel Askew Solicitors website, we are a firm of solicitors that specialise in military claims for NFCI. From our Lincolnshire base, we act for service men and women across England & Wales in a range of civil claims for compensation, including for NFCI (non-freezing cold injury).

    We are regularly contacted by both current members of the Armed Forces and ex-military personnel who have been downgraded or discharged on medical grounds due to their NFCI symptoms.

    If you have been diagnosed with a NFCI then our solicitors can advise you on a claim for compensation. We represent military personnel from the Army, Navy, RAF and Special Forces.

    Our solicitors have many years of experience in successfully winning personal injury claims for our clients. We provide an excellent standard of legal advice, representation and support throughout the entire claims process.

    If you are suffering with a NFCI, which may have compromised your military career, contact us today by calling 01507 609027 as you may have grounds for making a compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence.

    We offer all our clients a free and no obligation initial case assessment and are available to speak to you now.

    What is a NFCI?

    A NFCI is an injury, usually to the hands or feet, that occurs from exposure to cold, damp and wet conditions for a prolonged period of time.  When this occurs blood flow is reduced and the affected areas of the body are deprived from oxygen and vital fluids and nutrients.

    Cases of NFCI are unfortunately widespread in the military, with symptoms often being developed during training exercises and deployment.

    Who is at risk of sustaining a military related NFCI?

    Every single week, our solicitors speak to current and ex-military personnel regarding new NFCI enquiries.

    Military personnel from the Army, RAF, Navy and Special Forces spend a great deal of time outside on training exercises, which can involve prolonged exposure to cold and wet weather conditions.  This exposure during exercises puts them at a risk of developing a NFCI if they are not provided with the correct or sufficient PPE.

    If you have NFCI symptoms or have been diagnosed with a NFCI, contact Nigel Askew Solicitors today to discuss the possibility of making a civil claim for compensation.

    The symptoms of a NFCI

    The symptoms associated with a NFCI include the following:

    • Loss of feeling in the feet, particularly the toes and ball of the foot
    • Pain when the foot is warmed up in a bath or shower
    • Whitening or blanching of the foot, then followed by redness
    • Bouts of numbness due to damaged nerve endings
    • The foot can swell and become painful to walk on

    NFCI symptoms can last several months and in very severe cases many years, often resulting in a loss of military career by way of medical downgrade or in the worst case scenario as medical discharge.

    NFCI compensation claims

    If you have been downgraded or discharged as a result of a NFCI, you may be left feeling unsure of where to turn or what to do next. The transition to civilian life and finding suitable employment can be very difficult, especially if you had planned a long term career in the Armed Forces.

    The experts at Nigel Askew solicitors have extensive experience helping service personnel win non-freezing cold injury compensation claims for incidents occurring in training environments.

    Contact our friendly and expert solicitors today for a free and no obligation initial phone consultation, to discuss your potential claim in detail.

    Call us on 01507 609027 or complete the form on this page and our solicitors will contact you at a convenient time.

    How much compensation will be paid?

    The amount of compensation that you may be awarded is dependent upon the severity of your injuries. If your NFCI has caused you to have been medically discharged from service then this is likely to mean a much larger compensation award.

    We recently assisted a member of the Armed Forces in a NFCI claim and secured over £146,000 in compensation. You can read his story here.

    In some cases compensation awards can be several hundred thousand pounds.

    No Win No Fee claims for non-freezing cold injuries

    We do not charge our military clients any up front fees to get their NFCI claim up and running.

    We fund our NFCI claims using Conditional Fee Agreements. These agreements are commonly referred to as either a “CFA” or a “No Win No Fee agreement”.

    The nature of these agreements means that law firms take all the financial risk and not the client.  If a claim fails, the law firm is not paid and the client does not have to pay any solicitor’s fees for their time.

    For taking this risk, it is common for law firms to agree with a client that they will be paid up to 25% of the client’s non-freezing cold injury compensation award at the end of a successful claim. Law firms fees are mostly paid by the Ministry of Defence.

    Claiming against the MoD

    The MoD is an employer in exactly the same was as any company in the private sector.

    They have a duty of care to protect service men and women and must provide a safe working environment and provide correct and sufficient clothing and PPE to all service men and women. They must ensure you are not at risk of sustaining injury or developing an illness and if they fall foul of this basic requirement then they may be deemed negligent.

    The MoD should monitor and check for any signs of NFCI and ensure all personnel are fit and able to carry out exercises.

    Speak to Nigel Askew Solicitors today regarding a NFCI

    If you are currently experiencing any symptoms associated with NCFI then we strongly recommend you contact a law firm who specialise in military related compensation claims.  Claims for non-freezing cold injuries are complex so it is important you instruct a firm that has the relevant expertise and experience.

    We have many years experience in military claims and are available to discuss your potential claim now.

    We offer all new military clients a free initial consultation to discuss the merits of your claim and are available to speak to now. Contact us by calling 01507 609027 or submit an online enquiry using the form on the right hand side of this page and one of our expert and friendly solicitors will call you as soon as we can.

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