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Toxic Fumes in Military Helicopters

Toxic fumes in certain military helicopters have become a growing concern for military personnel worldwide. Exposure to hazardous substances from the exhausts, during flights, have led to severe health complications, affecting those who serve. Understanding this concern and the avenue for compensation is crucial if you or a loved one has been exposed to toxic fumes while serving.

The Issue of Toxic Fumes in Military Helicopters

Helicopters, especially those used in military operations, can emit a range of harmful substances due to engine exhaust, hydraulic fluid leaks, and other operational factors. Prolonged exposure to these toxic fumes can result in respiratory issues, neurological damage, cancer and other serious health conditions. Symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and long-term ailments such as chronic fatigue and respiratory disorders.

As a result of these cases documents have emerged from as far back as 1999 to show that the MoD were aware of the potential risks associated with inhaling toxic exhaust fumes of the Sea King helicopters. A report recommended modifications to the aircraft to divert the exhaust fumes from the cabin door but the MoD failed to act on these recommendations despite further reports being carried out since with further recommendations relating to PPE which was not provided. The MoD also failed to make servicemen aware of the potential dangers and the risk of cancers developing.

Our experience

Military personnel who suffer from health problems due to toxic fume exposure have the right to seek compensation. This can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. It’s important to take action promptly and consult with legal experts who understand the complexities of military compensation claims.

Hugh James is a renowned law firm with extensive experience in handling military compensation claims, including cases involving toxic fumes from helicopters. Our dedicated team of legal professionals has a deep understanding of military protocols and the unique challenges faced by service members.

At Hugh James, we prioritise the well-being of our clients. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that toxic fume exposure can take. Our approach is compassionate and client-focused, aiming to provide not only legal representation but also support and guidance throughout the process.

If you or a loved one has been affected by toxic fumes in a military helicopter, don’t wait. Contact Hugh James for a free consultation and let us help you secure the compensation you deserve. Our team is ready to stand by your side and ensure that your rights are protected.

How to make a claim?

Whether you’re a veteran or still serving, our highly experienced Military Services team will advise you for free on whether you have a civil claim for compensation. If we think you have a strong case, we’ll represent you on a no-win, no-fee basis. Plus, you can bring a civil claim at the same time as an AFCS or War Pension claim.

The Royal British Legion and Veterans Agency can help you apply for the AFCS or War Pension Scheme, or we can if you prefer. Either way, we always aim to achieve the best outcome for you, and to make the process as straightforward and simple as possible.

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Simon Ellis


Simon Ellis is a Partner with Hugh James and has worked with the firm for more than 25 years, having trained and qualified here. Simon heads up the Military Department, advising and assisting current and former military personnel with various health conditions and injuries. He specialises in claims such as hearing loss, non-freezing cold injuries, compartment syndrome and military injury cases. He is often asked to advise on more unusual claims in the military context.

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