A recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that Devon and Cornwall Police paid £1.3m in accident compensation since 2009. With the highest compensation claim £89,132, the highest annual payout was £346,307 in 2013.
Over the last five years, the force has dealt with 460 claims covering a variety of incidents.
These have included police negligence, collisions involving police vehicles and bites/attacks from police dogs. Out of 460 successful accident compensation claims, accidents involving police vehicles accounted for 383 incidents. Devon and Cornwall Police paid out £35,192 from January to March 2014. This reduced figure could lead to a lower total of around £140,000 for the year and reflects the extra effort the police force is taking to be more careful in their dealings with members of the public.
As people become more aware of their rights for claiming compensation, police forces and local authorities need to assess each claim individually. A spokesman for the police commented, “The force endeavours to provide a consistently high quality service to protect the public purse, but occasionally the force is liable and therefore, payments have to be made relying on settled case law which sets out what claims are worth.”
Claiming compensation from your local police force
If you have been involved in an accident involving your local police force, you may be wondering whether you are eligible to claim compensation. This could include anything from a road traffic accident involving a police vehicle to being injured when being arrested or dealing with the police. Your local police force will normally take compensation claims very seriously, but it is important to have a personal injury lawyer to represent your case and gather evidence to support your claim. Whether you have been bitten by a police dog, suffered as a result of police negligence or been knocked off your bike by a speeding police car, you may be eligible to claim.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we know the idea of claiming compensation from the police can sometimes be a daunting one, but we’re here to help with every aspect of the claims process. You won’t normally have to attend court; most claims can be dealt with in full over the phone. It’s simply a case of calling our freephone helpline to find out whether you have a viable claim. We can offer confidential, no-obligation advice and our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so you really don’t have anything to lose. Call us today and see how we can help you with your claim for accident compensation.