A 66-year-old grandfather who was travelling abroad with Everton for the first time was injured by riot police in Lille shortly before the match kick-off. John Vernon Thomas from Bangor was part of a small group of supporters from North Wales who were relaxing in the city’s main square shortly before the match began. Armed police arrived to question a suspected football hooligan and bottles were thrown, with tear gas and rubber flash-ball gins used to try and control the rioting crowd.
Vernon was injured by riot police when he was hit by a suspected rubber bullet in the temple, knocking him to the ground. His head was soaked with blood and he was rushed to hospital by ambulance, where a CT scan of his injuries was taken, to determine if he had suffered a blood clot or haemorrhage. After being kept in hospital with ‘life-threatening’ injuries, he was allowed to return to the UK and now believes he may be able to claim compensation for his serious injuries.
If you have been injured by police through no fault of your own, you may be able to make a claim for compensation by contacting a personal injury lawyer.
Claiming compensation for injuries caused by the police
We trust the police to protect us and keep us safe from harm, but if you have been injured by the police through no fault of your own, you may understandably feel hesitant about making a claim. It may simply be that you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, as in the story above, or you may have been wrongfully detained and injured or even assaulted by a police officer. If you have been injured by riot police or a police officer has assaulted you, there’s no need to feel unsure about making a claim for compensation – professional personal injury lawyers will have dealt with claims like these before.
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Here at Accident Advice Helpline we will support you with every aspect of your claim for compensation, however you’ve been injured by the police. We offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so we can get you the compensation you deserve without any need to pay expensive upfront fees, making our services accessible to anyone. We have been in the personal injury industry for 14 years, so we know our stuff, and we don’t deal with any other area of the law – personal injury is our speciality. So call our freephone helpline today for confidential, no-obligation advice or to get the ball rolling on your claim.