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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Compensation for police violence


    Most of the time the majority of the population has nothing but good interactions with the police. They are there to help us and to uphold the law, so if you have been in a situation where something has happened you would normally expect to receive the support of the police in resolving what happened.

    However if you have read the papers or focused on the news, you will know that from time to time there are rare cases where people have been compensated as a result of police violence. The situations in which this may potentially happen can vary a lot, depending on what occurs and the circumstances surrounding the incident.

    It should be noted that occasions such as this are rare, since the vast majority of interactions with the police are positive in the case of innocent people. Even when someone is arrested there are specific ways and means for the process to take place, so the individual arrested retains their rights in this situation. As such it is exceptionally rare for something to occur where someone is injured. However there is a potential for things to go wrong given the appropriate situation.

    What can you do if you are injured in police violence?

    The most important thing to do first is to make sure you seek proper medical attention. Clearly this will ensure your injuries are properly treated. However it also means there is firm evidence of your injuries. If you are able to bring a claim for compensation for police violence at a later stage, this evidence will help to support your case. You should also make sure you have photographic evidence of the injuries as this can help as well. The more evidence there is the easier it could be to process a successful claim.

    Date Published: December 22, 2014

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    Author: rhian

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