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Ex-soldier John Billet, age 29 from Somerset was awarded £127,956 for injuries that ended his career after a hearing at the High Court in September 2014.

He successfully sued the Ministry of Justice for injuries sustained when having to train in very cold weather by both day and night. He suffered permanent frost bite type injuries to both feet resulting in pain, reduced sensation and an inability to judge or control temperature.

After the Ministry of Defence accepted 75% liability, Judge Andrew Edis QC awarded Mr Billett total damages of £127,956 for the disabling injuries. Mr Billets award included £12,500 for his "pain, suffering and loss of amenity", an additional sum of nearly £5,000 for the extra cost of heating his home, over £8,000 for warm clothing, and close to £100,000 for his reduced earning capacity.

Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors Comment

Personal injury can include physical injury, sickness or disease, psychological and or emotional injury, and although challenging a large organisation, the Ministry of Defence in this example, may seem daunting, with the right help compensation can be awarded. The different factors that are taken into account when courts calculate personal injury awards are clearly illustrated in this case, with the award reflecting the difference in life before and after a debilitating event.

Rhiannon Winter LLB (Hons) - Solicitor


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