If you have sustained an injury in the line of duty and are considering a personal injury claim, you may need to seek police officer at work advice. Whether you are just starting your training, or are a veteran officer with many years of experience, the possibility of facing injury and risk to life and limb is an ever-present one, so if you or one of your loved ones find it necessary to file a personal injury claim, getting expert and reliable advice before and during the legal process is vital. Accident Advice Helpline was formed in the year 2000 and has grown to become a highly respected legal firm employing a nationwide team of solicitors with all the skills necessary to provide police officer at work advice and information.
The day-to-day experiences of a police officer vary greatly and you could be office based, handling paperwork, phone calls, and other administrative tasks. While such roles may seem free from the threat of injury or accident, this is not necessarily the case. Any work environment, including a police station, carries the risk of falling, slipping, or tripping on wet or uneven surfaces, for example. Another type of injury you may suffer while working in an office is RSI (repetitive strain injury), which is caused when a part of the body, for example, the hand, repeatedly makes the same movement over an extended period of time. Similar issues commonly associated with office-based work include carpal tunnel syndrome and neck and back strains.
At the other end of the spectrum you might be an officer who is required to function at peak physical and mental levels while working on patrol in a police vehicle or on foot, undercover, or responding to emergency calls. It is at times like this that you are likely to find yourself facing challenging and intense situations. Even if you are healthy and fit, you are still vulnerable to suffering serious injuries, or in extreme cases, death. The most commonly reported issues, whether caused by accidents or physical violence, relate to back or neck trauma; nerve, tissue or muscle damage; burns; facial trauma; damage to the jaw or dentition; amputation of a limb or limbs; penetrating wounds caused by gunshots, stabbing or severe lacerations; traumatic brain injury such as concussion; and a whole range of minor physical injuries.
Mental trauma is another issue that sometimes has to be faced. Such problems are often related to a physical injury that is so severe that psychological counselling is required. If a personal injury claim is being pursued, the cost of receiving counselling can often be incorporated into your claim. If you have been involved in a particularly traumatic incident whilst at work and have not received adequate counselling, it is possible you might suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), a condition that may prevent you from continuing to work in the police force. If this applies to you there may be grounds for instigating a personal injury claim to recover the cost of private psychological counselling.
If you have been injured in the line of duty and are searching for police officer at work advice, pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline on our free 24-hour helpline.
Date Published: July 15, 2014
Author: David Brown