Staffordshire Police has paid out in excess of £134,000 for police force compensation claims to PCSOs and regular police officers over the last four years. In one claim, a member of staff was paid £7,500 after she complained of ‘discomfort’ from a headset that was too loud, whilst another officer received £4,400 for a muscle strain which was caused by ‘an ill-fitting protective vest.’
Other bizarre claims included a payment of £14,474 in police force compensation for a PC who slipped on an ‘untreated’ surface and a PC who received £10,000 after a fall on ice caused by a burst water pipe left him with a spinal injury. In total, payouts reached £134,100 for 27 claims between 2009 and 2013.
A former police officer from West Midlands Police commented, “It’s all to do with this claims culture. It’s like a disease and people are jumping on the bandwagon. Back in our day we knew being injured in the line of duty was a risk, but we got on with it because we wanted to protect the public. It was part and parcel of being a copper. It’s costing the country a lot of money; it could be spent on policing and put to much better use.”
Claiming compensation from the police
All this talk of claims culture may leave you feeling that you’re not entitled to compensation from the police force you work for, if you are injured. Whilst claims are dealt with on an individual basis, if you are injured in the line of duty, you should be entitled to make a claim. Police officers do have to accept that the job comes with some degree of risk, but the force still has a duty to protect its officers by ensuring they are not put in danger. If you’re injured through carrying out your duties and you believe you could make a claim, contact a personal injury lawyer to find out.
Next steps – contact a personal injury lawyer
Don’t feel hesitant about claiming compensation from your employer – one advantage of working for the police is that they will have dealt with claims before. The job can be a hazardous one, and you’re probably not the first person to make a claim for personal injury compensation. But you do need the services of a reputable personal injury lawyer, and that’s where Accident Advice Helpline can help you. We’ll look at your situation and provide you with confidential, no-obligation advice to enable you to decide if claiming is the right next step to take. We offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, and it’s free to call our helpline; we’re open 24/7, so get in touch with us today.