Heat injuries occur when the body’s core temperature rises above its natural level for a significant length of time. For this reason, exercises or service conducted in hot conditions for long periods can present an obvious danger. But military regulations are clear that heat injuries should not happen to service personnel where proper training, facilities and equipment has been provided. They are entirely preventable.
The Ministry of Defence has a duty to protect service personnel from unnecessary heat injuries. This includes making sure that training and other exercises are carried out safely.
Heat injuries can become serious very rapidly. They need to be identified and treated quickly to avoid long-lasting damage to the body and, in serious cases, can be fatal.
Our expert solicitors can help you bring a claim if you have suffered a heat injury through negligence. We usually work on a no-win, no-fee basis, so please contact us today.
How is heat injury caused?
Heat injury occurs when the body’s core temperature rises above normal. Usually the condition arises in hot conditions, particularly when service personnel undertake tough physical exercise outdoors.
It is wrong to assume, however, that it only happens in hot climates: heat injury has affected service personnel in the UK who were exercising without sufficient drinking water, or when wearing inappropriate clothing.
Heat injury escalates very quickly and can at its most serious lead to coma, organ failure and, eventually, death. However, the treatment can be relatively straightforward: the person at risk should stop exercise, find shade, be cooled down with a fan or water and rehydrated.
Military regulations state that instructors and senior staff should evacuate personnel who may be in the early stages of heat injury. These regulations are not always followed correctly and in these circumstances a claim for negligence may be appropriate.
Making a claim for heat injury
Heat injury can be easily avoided, particularly with the right training. However, if you have been affected by heat injury, then get in touch with our expert team to discuss making a claim. Time limits apply for negligence claims, so contact us today.