In this article we’re going to talk about what Non-Freezing Cold Injury is and how to get compensation for it if you suffered from it during your time in the military.

Everyday life in the armed forces is challenging and dangerous. Aside from the obvious risks posed by conflict and the possibility of physical injury, there are other lesser-known risks that personnel may face, such as non-freezing cold injuries, or NFCIs. NFCIs are injuries caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures or immersion in cold water.

Non-freezing cold injuries are a result of prolonged exposure to temperatures under 2°C (35.6°F). The cold causes small blood vessels to constrict, leading to a lack of oxygen and tissue injury. This can result in numbness and tingling in the affected area, as well as bright red, raw or blue-grey skin, which may become blistered and sore. In the worst cases, gangrene can result.


1. Frostnip – Reddened skin, pins and needles sensation

2. Trenchfoot – Swelling, tingling, numbness

3. Chilblains – Skin discoloration and itchiness

4. Nerve Damage – Loss of sensation and mobility.

5. Hypothermia – Slow heart rate, low body temperature, confusion.

6. Frostbite – Waxy skin, numbness, tingling.

7. Psychosis – Hallucinations, delusion, paranoia.

NFCI’s are a risk in the military due to tasks such as mountain and Arctic operations, where personnel are exposed to extreme temperatures. The risk of NFCI in these conditions is increased due to direct contact with snow, as well as wet and frozen clothing, machinery and exposed skin. In addition, the combination of wind and cold can lead to a rapid decrease in body temperature, putting the individual at risk of developing hypothermia or suffering a fatal injury. To minimize the risk, members of the military should dress appropriately for the environment, avoiding loose, wet and bulky clothing and substituting synthetic materials for natural materials. Appropriate gear, such as protective mittens, insulating boots, face masks and helmets, should be utilized to decrease the risk of NFCI. In addition, frequent rest breaks and hydration should be encouraged.

If you have suffered a non-freezing cold injury while in the armed forces, you can claim compensation by getting in touch with us today. We have a team of expert solicitors who are able to help you.

Compensable non-freezing cold injuries usually involve frostbite or a condition known as immersion foot, which is caused by long exposure to cold wet conditions.

You will need to provide evidence of your injury, such as medical records and statements from other veterans or military personnel that witnessed the incident. It is important to accurately describe the incident and its effects.

Once you have the required evidence, you can begin the claims process. The claim will then be assessed, and if accepted, you will be eligible to receive a lump sum compensation. For more information on claiming compensation for a non-freezing cold injury sustained while in the armed forces, you can contact us via email at: or contact us here.

Our experienced solicitors specialize in military injury law. We are proud to offer professional legal services and expertise to those in need. Our team is well-versed in the complexities of the field, allowing us to provide our clients with the highest quality legal support and representation.