So, you have been injured during a protest, injury advice is not something most of us might consider, but being able to protest in a peaceful manner is part of living in a democracy. Whether we choose to exercise that right or not, all members of a free society should be able to protest about issues they feel passionately about without suffering undue harassment. Unfortunately, protests can sometimes get out of hand and violence can occur. People can be injured during protests, whether they are taking part in the action or are simply caught up in events.
Examples of the need for Protest injury advice
A student, Alfie Meadows, suffered serious head injuries when he took part in protests against tuition fees in December 2010. He was later acquitted of violent disorder, but was left with serious injuries. In another incident Ian Tomlinson was an innocent bystander who died after he was pushed to the ground by a police officer.
The police have the responsibility for ensuring that protests pass off peacefully. Whilst police officers have the right to carry out actions to control a crowd, they must not exceed their powers. Protesters may bring claims against the police for assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and breaches of the Human Rights Act. Police officers may also be injured during protests when they turn violent. You may believe that if some of the demonstrators are being violent that any personal injury claim arising from the protest will be dismissed. However, whether or not other people involved in a protest commit violent acts or are arrested does not affect your right to claim compensation.
As with any other personal injury claim you must be able to show how your injuries occurred and that they were entirely the result of a third party’s actions. Take witness statements at the time and try to record what happened and when. If you can take photographs of your injuries it will help your case, and visiting your doctor is essential. A medical report indicating the injuries you sustained and the treatment provided represents a strong piece of evidence. Providing information such as this can make the difference between a failed and successful compensation claim.
Protest injury advice can give you an idea of compensation amounts
Two brothers, who were students, received £25,000 after they filed a personal injury claim against the Metropolitan Police. The pair was involved in protests that took place outside the Israeli Embassy in London on 3rd January 2009. Both were subjected to unprovoked assaults by the police and the events were recorded on CCTV. Their initial claim, through the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and the Metropolitan Police, did not achieve anything. It was not until they took their complaint to an independent firm of lawyers that they received the compensation they deserved.
Call us for protest injury advice
If you have been injured in a protest, injury advice is available from the Accident Advice Helpline. In addition to discussing your specific case in detail, a solicitor experienced in dealing with personal injury law will help you prepare your claim and guide you through the entire legal process.