Solider A v Ministry of Defence


Practice Areas

Personal Injury

Richard Boyle, instructed by Clare Dalby of Wace Morgan Solicitors, settled a soldier’s claim for a significant sum at a joint settlement meeting.

The soldier had been given anti-malarial drug lariam, also known as mefloquine, by the army before a deployment. He was not given a face-to-face consultation in advance of the lariam prescription and the prescription was not noted in his medical records at the time. This was despite the fact that depression and other severe psychological symptoms were known side effects of lariam. The soldier experienced psychiatric injury which led to him being medically evacuated back to the UK from the deployment. The soldier suffered ongoing psychiatric injury. The Ministry of Defence agreed to pay the soldier a significant sum in damages.

The army’s decision to give lariam to soldiers and prescribe it without a face-to-face consultation has been the subject of controversy and criticism from the House of Commons defence committee (see The case is believed to be one of the first to reach settlement.

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Year of Call: 2012

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