Martin Watson decided to bring a claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) when he was medically discharged from the army due to kidney disease, which wouldn’t have accelerated so quickly had his employees not ignored obvious signs he may have it.
During a routine medical check in 2001, doctors found Martin had high blood pressure and protein in his urine, both indicators of kidney disease.
He continued to have routine medical checks ever year – every time with the same results of high blood pressure and protein the urine – but nothing was done about it until nine years later.
Following tests in August 2010, Martin was eventually sent for an ultrasound of the kidneys and referred to a local hospital where a biopsy confirmed he had stage four chronic kidney disease. With a greatly reduced kidney function, Martin is currently on dialysis and is hoping to be placed on a kidney transplant waiting list.
Martin said: “While this condition would always have caught up with me, if my kidney disease had been caught earlier, it would have happened later on in life, as medication would have delayed its progress.”
On the verge of being medically discharged from the army, Martin contacted Express Solicitors in March 2012.
He continues: “I had applied to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme but my claim was rejected on the grounds my illness hadn’t been caused during service. I was about to lose my job because the MoD had failed to monitor and treat my condition, so I decided to claim for compensation for loss of future earnings and pension.”
While the MoD admitted it should have monitored Martin’s condition, they said this neglect had only accelerated his kidney disease by three years. However, after a joint meeting with a renal physician instructed by Express Solicitors, the MoD settled on seven and a half years’ acceleration and in July 2015, Express Solicitors won Martin £225,000 in compensation.
Martin concluded: “Being on dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant is not a good position to be in, but I’m more than happy with the compensation I’ve received.”