If you’re a police officer and you’re injured on duty, you might think that it’s just one of those things as you work in a particularly risky line of work. However, that’s not always the case. As with any job, the police force has a duty of care towards its staff to try and keep them safe at work. If they fail to do so, you could be compensated for any injuries. This guide to police office injury claims will show you what types of negligence could allow you to seek compensation and how much you might be awarded.
Our personal injury team can help police officers who’ve been injured at work. They’ll provide a free review of your claim where you’ll be offered legal advice and your options will be explained. If there’s a fair chance you’ll be compensated for your injuries, we’ll appoint one of our personal injury solicitors to your case. If the claim proceeds, you’ll be represented on a No Win No Fee basis meaning you will only pay legal fees if your case is won.
To discuss a police office injury compensation claim right away, please call us on 0800 6524 881. Otherwise, continue reading to learn more about the types of claims we could help with.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Claim Police Officer Injury Compensation?
- Types Of Negligence Leading To Police Injured On Duty
- Common Injuries Police Officers Could Claim Compensation For
- How Much Police Officer Injury Compensation Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Police Officer Injury Compensation Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Police Officer Injury Compensation
- Starting A Police Officer Compensation Claim
Our personal injury solicitors don’t want to waste your time or theirs. Therefore, they’ll only take on compensation claims for police injured on duty that have a reasonable chance of success. When you call to discuss your claim, a claims advisor will initially check whether:
- Your employer breached their duty of care through a negligent act; and
- An accident or incident occurred as a result of that negligence; and
- You sustained an injury as a police officer as a result of that negligence.
As with other types of employment, the duty of care owed to police officers by their employer comes from various pieces of legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. You don’t need to spend time looking into this, though, because your solicitor will do so before your case proceeds.
Later on in this guide, we’ll explain what evidence could be used to improve your chances of being compensated.
Based on the criteria above, if a police officer injured on duty wants to pursue a personal injury claim against their employer, they must prove negligence led to their injuries.
Some examples of negligence that could lead to a police officer injury claim include:
- If you were stabbed on duty and injured because you hadn’t been given a protective vest.
- If you were injured in a custody suite when a fight broke out because of a lack of control over prisoners.
- Where you were injured after being put into a situation that you were not trained for.
- If you were injured in a road traffic accident because your police vehicle was poorly maintained.
- Where you slipped and fell on a recently cleaned floor in the police station and hurt your back because there were no warning signs.
- If you were sent to a crime scene and suffered an assault because of a lack of backup.
This is just a sample of employer negligence that could see police officers eligible to claim compensation for their injuries. If you’ve been injured through any other form of negligence, please let us know and we’ll review your claim for free.
If you’re a traffic officer or use a vehicle to get around and you were injured in an emergency vehicle accident, you could claim for injuries sustained due to another road user’s negligence. In this situation, you should swap details with the other driver, take photographs and then call our team if you’d like to see if one of our solicitors could help you to claim police officer injury compensation for your injuries.
Essentially, you could be compensated for any injuries sustained as a police officer because of your employer’s negligence. Some that might lead to compensation claims include:
- Broken or fractured bones.
- Stab wounds.
- Whiplash and back injury.
- Head injuries and concussions.
- Stress at work and other forms of psychological injuries.
- Soft tissue injuries affecting ligaments, tendons and muscles.
- Cuts and bruises.
We offer a free initial consultation where injured police officers can ask questions about the claims process and receive advice about their chances of being compensated. Please get in touch today if you’d like to know more.
If you’re a police officer who has been injured whilst working, you have every right to sue your employer for compensation if their negligence caused the accident. Importantly, the police force cannot sack you, demote you, prevent you from being promoted or discipline you for making a claim. Also, it is illegal to be bullied for making a personal injury claim against your employer.
Compensation for injured police officers covers any suffering caused by your injuries (general damages) and any costs associated with them (special damages). If your claim is successful, compensation could be awarded to cover:
- The physical pain caused by your injuries and during your recovery.
- Any mental harm that materialises (anxiety, depression, stress, PTSD claims, etc).
- Loss of income.
- The impact your injuries have on your usual activities and hobbies.
- Care costs if somebody else supported you during your recovery.
- Medical expenses. In some cases, this might include private medical care.
- Travel costs.
- Future loss of income if you will be unable to work at the same level in the future.
- Modifications to your home if you’ve been left disabled and the changes will improve your quality of life.
To determine a settlement amount for your police office injury claim, your solicitor will book an independent medical assessment. The report they receive back will explain your prognosis and help to determine the severity of your injuries. That means we can’t say exactly what payout you might receive just yet but we have provided the compensation calculator below for reference:
These figures are not guaranteed but offer an insight into potential compensation amounts for a range of different injuries.
The burden of proving how you were injured, why your employer was negligent and the severity of your injuries is on you during a police officer injury claim. Therefore, you’ll want to supply as much evidence as possible if you’re to win compensation. The types of evidence that might help include:
- Medical evidence. It is important to get any injuries treated properly at a hospital. If you decide to claim compensation, your notes and x-rays can be requested by your solicitor to try and prove the extent of your injuries.
- Camera footage. If your accident was caught on a bodycam, CCTV camera or dashcam, you should request a copy of the relevant footage as soon as possible.
- Photographs. It’s a good idea, where possible, to take as many photos at the accident scene as possible. Try to capture the cause of the accident before it is removed.
- Incident reports. A copy of your notes about the incident could help to prove what happened. You should also ask for a copy of the accident report form after you have reported the incident.
- Witness information. If anybody else saw you get injured, ask for their contact details. If necessary, your solicitor will ask for a statement of what they saw.
As part of our free consultation for police injury claims, we are happy to review any evidence you have collected already.
If you claim compensation for an accident at work in the UK, you must abide by the 3-year time limit. For most police injury claims, this will usually begin from the date of the accident. However, it could begin from the date of knowledge if your injuries weren’t diagnosed until later.
Although that does give you quite some time to make your claim, it’s often easier if you begin the claims process as soon as possible. By doing so, you’ll have plenty of time to try and secure evidence with your solicitor and they’ll also have time to arrange for medical reports to be obtained.
If your injuries are having an immediate financial impact, your solicitor could ask for interim payments to be made i.e. to cover lost wages or to pay for private medical care. This would only be possible if your employer had already accepted liability for your injuries.
If you’re a police officer who has been injured on duty and would like to seek compensation for your suffering, please call us on 0800 6524 881 to see if your case is viable.
Our initial legal advice is free no matter what you decide to do and, if your claim is taken on, your solicitor will work for you on a No Win No Fee basis meaning there are no legal fees to pay unless you are compensated.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions about police officer injury compensation claims in our live chat service.