UK - The Ministry of Defence has lost a monumental test case that could prompt thousands of ill-health pension compensation claims from ex-servicemen.
The High Court rejected the MoD’s insistence that “Gulf War syndrome” does not exist. It ruled that it had no basis for an appeal against an earlier decision that former Parachute Regiment officer Shaun Rusling was a victim of an identifiable syndrome attributable to his service in the 1991 Gulf conflict.
Rusling won a 90% war disablement pension. An estimated 2000 ex-servicemen are now expected to bring lawsuits against the MoD.
Servicemen who took part in the conflict have blamed their symptoms on exposure to chemical, biological or radiological hazard or pre-emptive vaccinations.
The first potential claims to emerge from the recent war in Iraq surfaced last month when four war soldiers threatened to sue the MoD claiming they were suffering “severe reactions” similar to those experienced by some personnel after the 1991 conflict.
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