Cold injuries added to Judicial College Guidelines

Cold injuries added to Judicial College Guidelines. There are changes to the 16th Edition of the Judicial College Guidelines published on the 13th of April 2022.  These now include a specific section on “cold injuries” which are mainly suffered by members of the Armed Forces but can also be diagnosed in people who work in extreme temperatures without adequate protection e.g freezers or chillers.  Cold injuries encompass freezing cold injuries (such as frostbite and frostnip) and non-freezing cold injuries which were formerly known as “trench foot” in the Second World War and result from prolonged periods of exposure to wet and cold conditions without adequate protection. 

Causes of cold injuries

Cold injuries result in symptoms of cold sensitisation of the hands and feet, pain on re-warming, and intermittent discomfort and pain.  The Judicial College Guidelines suggest General Damages (which is compensation for pain, suffering, and impact on day-to-day living) are likely to be in the region of £15,000 for less serious cases to both hands and feet.  In more serious cases which result in chronic pain, sweating in the hands and feet with difficulty in colder months, and an acute psychological reaction, General Damages are likely to be in the region of £32,500.  There will be cross-reference with Section 9 of the Judicial College Guidelines on Chronic Pain given the impact cold injuries can have in terms of neuropathic pain, impaired mobility, or dexterity.

How we can help

If you have any of the above symptoms and have served in the military then please feel free to contact our specialist lawyers who will be able to advise if you have a claim for compensation.

For a full assessment and overview of your claim get in touch with us today.

Your claim can be dealt with under a conditional fee agreement (no win-no fee). This means that if your claim is not successful then, subject to compliance with our terms and conditions, you will not have to pay for the work we have done on your behalf.

Diane Davison – June 2022

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