At lunchtime on October 30th, a girl was injured by police when a group of children and their parents visited Nottinghamshire Police HQ. The seven-year-old girl was injured after a gun was accidentally discharged by a firearms expert during a demonstration. The gun, which was fired into the ground, left the girl with a minor injury to her lip.
It was initially presumed the injury was caused by a bullet ricochet, but later the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, said he thought it more likely that an ammo cartridge had fallen and bounced as shots were fired. He went on to say that no live ammo should have been present, and that weapons should have been unloaded during the demonstration.
The parents and grandparents of the girl injured by police have been in contact with Chief Constable Chris Eyre over the last week. In previous incidents where people have been accidentally injured by police, they have successfully claimed personal injury compensation, with one police control room operator receiving a six-figure sum after being shot in the stomach during firearms awareness training.
Have you been injured by the police?
Whilst we trust the police to keep us safe from harm, accidents can and do happen – here are just a few examples of how you could potentially be injured by the police:
- Attacked by a police dog
- Accidentally shot
- Mistakenly arrested and injured
- Injured during your duties as a police officer
- Struck by a police vehicle
- Involved in a collision with a police vehicle
If you have been injured and you believe the police are to blame, it is easy to feel daunted about the prospect of making a claim for personal injury compensation. However, large organisations such as the police have procedures in place to deal with compensation claims, and you won’t be the first person to make a claim of this nature. Get in touch with a personal injury lawyer today, to see if you could be eligible to claim compensation.
How we can help you
Whether you’re ready to make a claim or simply want to find out more about what’s involved, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today. We have been in the personal injury industry for 14 years and we’ve helped dozens of customers claim the compensation they deserve for their injuries. No matter how you have been injured, we can help, and we’ll be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more and get confidential, no-obligation advice.
Date Published: December 6, 2014
Author: David Brown