A role that involves regular contact with criminals who could be armed and violent is going to carry a lot of risks and a lot of work injuries.
How could the injuries be worse than an accident at work claim?
The main roles of a police officer are to keep the public safe and to catch criminals and prevent crime. These crimes could be something as simple as unpaid fines to more major crimes such as murder or rape. The type of people they deal with on a day to day basis are not always friendly which is why officers carry a truncheon and mace spray to protect themselves. When involved in a raid or an arrest they cannot make a work injury claim as it is simply part of their job.
A police officer’s job is always a risky one as each day is different from the last and new jobs come in at the last minute which can often put them in an awkward and dangerous position. This is when the risk of an injury at work greatly increases.
Could a police officer make an accident at work injury claim ever?
There are certain situations where they could, in theory, claim compensation for their work injury. One such event is if the equipment they are carrying such as the bullet proof vests do not work properly then a claim could be raised against the manufacturers. As well as this, if an accident at work was to occur whilst in the police headquarters caused by negligence of staff or managers then this could class as basis for a claim.
So, although police officers have a dangerous job, all careers carry some kind of danger and a risk of having an accident at work.
If you do get injured through an accident at work you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm who specialise in injury and accident claims. With over 15 years of experience behind them, Accident Advice Helpline try to make the claims process as easy and stress free for their clients as possible. In fact the majority of clients are able to settle their claims out of court.
To find out how you could make an accident at work claim speak to Accident Advice Helpline through their 24-hour dedicated advice line on 0800 689 0500 or take their simple 30-second compensation calculator online.
Date Published: February 19, 2014
Author: David Brown