Being a police officer is a dangerous job, and if you’re in the line of duty, it’s likely you will be injured at some point in your career. Here are a few examples of situations that could leave you injured as a police officer:
- Slip, trip or fall after pursuing a suspect
- Road traffic accident whilst taking part in a pursuit
- Injured in a physical fight
- Being struck by another vehicle
- Bitten by a police dog
These are just a few examples, and if you have been injured as a police officer, you may be entitled to claim compensation. It really depends on your individual situation. Whilst some level of risk is acceptable, you should be provided with the training and protective equipment necessary to carry out your job safely, and if you are injured as a result of negligence on the part of the force you work for, you are entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering and any loss of earnings.
It can be difficult to assess accurately who is to blame if you have been injured as a police officer, but a personal injury lawyer can help to look at the situation objectively.
Are you eligible to make a claim?
Here are a few examples of situations where you may not be eligible to make a claim for compensation, although this will of course depend on your individual situation:
- Slip, trip or fall because you failed to pay attention to where you were going
- Burn caused by spilling hot drink on yourself at work
- Bitten by a police dog after you failed to handle the animal correctly, following procedures
Whilst to some extent you are responsible for your own safety, your employer should also take steps to ensure your safety at work, and if you feel this hasn’t happened, it can be worth seeking advice from a personal injury lawyer.
Claiming with Accident Advice Helpline
With 14 years’ experience handling personal injury claims, we’ve helped hundreds of customers to claim compensation for injuries caused whilst working for the police, and we’re here to help you too. Just contact us within three years of your accident and we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve, however you have been injured.