Radio station Heart recently submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to Norfolk Police, with some shocking results. It seems the police force is the second highest in the country for compensation payouts, with only London’s Met paying out more. In fact, Norfolk Police spent £394,928.73 on compensation claims last year alone. The amount, which was spread out over 48 claims, included paying £160,000 to a police officer who was involved in a crash.
Andy Silvester of the Taxpayers’ Alliance commented, “Every penny that’s spent on compensation is a penny that can’t be spent on emergency services and doing things they’re really supposed to be doing. It suggests either a culture of carelessness or that they’re simply paying out on serious claims because challenging them is almost too difficult and not worth the time.
Norfolk Police responded, “All claims for compensation, whether made by members of the public, police officers or members of staff, are considered by Norfolk Constabulary Legal Services Department. Each case is considered on its own merits. The constabulary considers carefully any lessons learned from civil claims to help reduce the future risks of similar claims.”
Claiming compensation from your local police force
If you work for the police or are a member of the public injured in an accident involving police officers, you may be daunted at the prospect of claiming compensation. Here are a few examples of the types of accidents which could occur involving the police:
- Member of the public struck by a police car
- Injured in a road traffic accident involving a police car
- Injured whilst being arrested or detained by a police officer
- Injured whilst visiting your local police station or headquarters – for example, slipping on a wet floor
If you have been affected by any of the above, or have suffered injury in some other way for which you believe the police are to blame, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your situation in more detail.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been helping members of the public claim compensation from public services such as the police force since 2000. We’re proud to be endorsed by our patron, Esther Rantzen, and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. You’ll find we treat all our customers as individuals, which is why we offer confidential, no-obligation advice and a 100% no win, no fee* service. Whatever your situation, we can answer your questions and let you know whether you have a viable claim. Call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to a member of the team – we’re open 24/7.