£1.7m payout for mine blast trooper

£1.7m payout for mine blast trooper

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A paratrooper who lost his left leg after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan has been awarded more than one and a half million pounds

A paratrooper who lost his left leg after he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan has been awarded £1.7 million damages.

The 35-year-old was injured in Helmand Province in September 2006, Judge Nicholas Chambers QC heard at London’s High Court.

Counsel Paul Rose QC said the soldier’s right foot was so badly damaged that it might also need to be amputated should a planned operation with only a 70% success rate fail.

The Ministry of Defence agreed a provisional compensation package which includes damages for pain and suffering, as well as £600,000 for prosthetics and £270,000 for future care.

Mr Rose said the man, who lives near Edinburgh, remained active despite his injuries and still enjoyed skiing and swimming.

Further damages may be paid out in the future if the second amputation goes ahead.

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