Police officers injured at work
Duncan Lewis Solicitors for Police Officers injured at Work
No Win No Fee Claims for Police Officers injured at Work
Duncan Lewis is a leading firm of personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors and can advise on how to make a no win no fee personal injury claim for Police officers injured at work if an employer or other party is liable for the injury or accident.
Helping Police Officers injured at Work claim Compensation
Police officers face a high risk of injury in their jobs as a result of working in challenging environments and all-weather conditions.
The physical demands of being a police officer can mean injuries sustained in pursuing suspects, road traffic accidents, assaults and sadly even fatal injuries in some incidents.
Like any other job, risks have to be assessed in police work and if a police officer is injured as a result of negligence, an accident or assault in the line of duty, a no win no fee compensation claim can be made.
Previous reporting of police injuries to the DWP has been changed as a result of amendments to the Welfare Reform Act.
Sub-clause 4 of Regulation 6 of the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 also states:
“For the purposes of these Regulations an injury shall be treated as received without the default of the member concerned unless the injury is wholly or mainly due to his own serious and culpable negligence or misconduct.”
- Police injured at work should report the matter to their line manager in the first instance
- Make sure the incident or accident is logged on the Police Force’s reporting system – including minor injuries
- In case you are injured and cannot make a report, make sure a friend or relative knows to do this for you
- Any accident injuries which result in an employee being off work or unable to perform their normal duties for seven consecutive days or more should be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) within 15 days
- Police officers injured at work can also ask their line manager complete a RIDDOR report online after accidents.
- More information for employees about reporting safety at work concerns is available at the HSE
- See the reportable incidents guidelines at the HSE for more information about injuries which have to be reported to the HSE.
Information about Industrial Benefit Disablement Injuries and how to claim is available online – Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors can advise you further on this.
What sort of injuries can Police Officers injured at Work claim for?
Police officers injured at work can claim for injuries which include:
- Blindness/sight impairment
- Brain injury
- Crush injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Dental/mouth injuries
- Facial disfigurement
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Head injury
- Knee and joint injuries
- Muscle damage
- Neck and shoulder injury
- Nerve damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Penetrative injuries (knife wounds, gunshot wounds)
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Spinal and back injuries
- Whiplash injuries.
Accidents and incidents which police officers could claim for include:
- Arrest-related injuries (injuries sustained while apprehending suspects)
- Bullying injuries
- Falls from height
- Faulty goods accidents (failures in equipment)
- Firearms discharge (including negligent discharge)
- Knife injuries
- Police training injuries and accidents
- Road traffic accidents
- Slips and trips.
How long do Police Officers injured at Work have to make a claim?
Claims for accidents and injury at work compensation fall under the area of law known as personal injury.
Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim for accident and injury at work compensation.
Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however.
Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you are a police officer and have been injured at work.
Family members can call Duncan Lewis for advice on making a claim if a loved one working as a police officer has been injured and is still recovering in hospital.
How much compensation can police officers injured at work claim?
Compensation for Police Officers injured at Work includes:
General Damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity
The exact amount will be assessed according to the extent of injury, estimated recovery time and rehabilitation needed – and whether further medical treatment or even lifelong care is needed.
Special Damages to cover medical fees and out-of-pocket expenses
Expenses might include physiotherapy, loss of earnings, travel expenses to hospital or damage to personal items. In more serious cases, ongoing care, loss of future salary and pension or adaptations to your home would be included.
Who pays compensation to police officers injured at work?
Employers have a legal duty to ensure safe working practices – and should carry out regular health and safety checks to make sure work premises or sites are properly managed and maintained, equipment is fit for purpose – and staff are properly trained and supervised.
Employees must also follow good working practices and report any lapses in health and safety to employers or line managers.
However, it is your employer’s insurer who will settle any claim for accident or injury at work as a police officer.
Will I have to go to court to claim compensation?
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.
Many compensation claims for police work injuries are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.
But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in work accident and injury claims, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.
Why Duncan Lewis is the best solicitor for Police Officers injured at Work
- Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors understand just how traumatic and upsetting accidents and injury at work can be – we believe in putting you first to obtain the best results for you
- Duncan Lewis is one of the leading firms of Personal Injury and Legal Aid solicitors in the UK
- Our initial advice on making a compensation claim for an accident or injury at work as a police officer is free
- Duncan Lewis accepts police officers’ work injury claims on a no win no fee basis, so you will not have to worry about legal fees
- We will visit you at home if you are recovering from serious injuries sustained as a police officer – and can arrange expert medical opinions to help back up your claim
- Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors will make sure you understand every stage of your police injury at work claim
- We will handle negotiations for you, so you do not have to worry while you are recovering from your injuries.
Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in accident and injury at work claims.
Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making a police officers’ injury at work claim by calling 020 7923 4020.