Soldier forced to quit gets compensation

A female soldier who suffered permanent injuries after contracting ‘trench foot’ has been given GBP 150,000 in compensation.

Louisa Swanston, 30, from Nottinghamshire started suffering from the agonising condition when given the wrong size boots while serving in Bosnia, the Nottingham Evening Post reports.

The boots she was given by the army were two sizes too big so she was forced to wear a non army-issue pair which could not keep out the cold.

The condition – which was often suffered by World War One soldiers – eventually led Ms Swanston to leave the Royal Artillery in 2006 and she is still suffering from the after-effects.

She told the newspaper: ""I now have to always wiggle my toes around and wear thermal socks. I can never go somewhere like Norway or on a skiing holiday."

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it regretted any injuries suffered by army personnel while serving and said compensation is paid when it is liable.

Earlier this week it was revealed that a 150-strong group of soldiers are suing the MoD for the same condition, seeking compensation of up to GBP six million.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19225405-ADNFCR

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