Working as a prison officer is not something everyone can do. It takes a special kind of person and one who can deal with all kinds of challenging situations. While some prisons contain more serious criminals than others, every prison is demanding in its own way.
You will receive ample training to become a prison officer, and this should be developed over the time you work in this role. However, while the odds of being injured on the job are low, this is one of those jobs where injuries are perhaps potentially more likely to happen, because of the people you are working with.
Examples of situations where injuries could occur
You should be trained to cope with situations where violence might arise. If this is not the case and you are injured, you could be in with a chance of claiming prison officer injury compensation. Fortunately instances like this are very uncommon, since prison officers have to go through an extensive training programme before they actually work in a prison.
There could also be other occasions where you may be potentially put at risk simply because you do not have other staff in your area to support you if something should go wrong. Risk assessments should be performed in prisons just as they are in other workplaces. These are done to highlight the potential for risk in many different situations. If there is potential negligence in these areas, there might be a greater chance that prison officer injury compensation could result if injuries are sustained.
Knowing what to do next
If you are ever injured while in this role, it can be difficult to get your head into a position to know what you should do next. Seeking professional, no-obligation advice is a good idea, because it means you can have a good chance of finding out exactly where you stand.
This is easier to do than you might think, purely because you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to learn more. That is a free number to call as well, and since the advice is given on a no-obligation basis too, you won’t spend anything to find out more information. If you can make a claim for compensation, this can be done on a no win, no fee** basis. Make sure you know whether you could do this today.