When someone asks us, “Can I claim compensation from the police?” we know we are dealing with a serious case. The police exist to protect us all and this means that being mistreated by them can be particularly distressing. It also means that people can be left feeling there’s no-one to turn to for help, or worrying about reprisals if they do take action. A call to Accident Advice Helpline is a good start because we can tackle some of those issues straight away.
We provide a free 24-hour helpline dedicated to providing people in need with advice about compensation law. We can discuss your case with you and let you know your legal options. We can also—if you want—appoint one of our specialist solicitors to represent you. If that solicitor agrees that you have a valid case, it would be very unwise for the police to try and get in the way. You won’t have to face the situation alone.
Understanding your rights
Obviously there are situations in which it’s reasonable for the police to manhandle people. Even in cases like this, however—when it’s necessary for crowd control, detaining a suspect who tries to flee or preventing violence—they are subject to restrictions on how they go about it. If they use more force than necessary or if they are aggressive for no reason, you may be within your rights to make a compensation claim against them. The same applies if you are searched or detained in a way that breaches the rules of police conduct and leaves you feeling traumatised, even if you are not physically injured.
Incidents like this often happen quickly or unexpectedly, and it can be hard to make a clear assessment of the situation when you’re under a lot of stress. If you’re not sure whether or not what happened to you was wrong, give us a call. Often we’ll be able to clarify things for you.
If you do claim, you’ll normally need to do so within three years of the incident occurring. Usually it’s best to act sooner rather than later as this means there’s a better chance of collecting enough evidence to take you case forward successfully.
Working with a solicitor
If you choose to claim via Accident Advice Helpline, you can do so using a no win, no fee* system, which means you won’t need money to get good representation. Your solicitor will take care of the legal side of things but you can help by passing on the details of anybody who saw what happened to you. If you claim early, it may also be possible to acquire CCTV evidence that confirms your story.
Although it may seem difficult to claim compensation from the police, it’s quite possible, and by drawing attention to officers who have behaved inappropriately, you may also be helping to make other people safer in the future. What’s more, most decent police officers are relieved when bad apples are removed from the barrel, enabling them to get on with their jobs much more easily and restore public confidence in a service that should always be there to help.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.