The PSNI are facing probes from politicians due to the amount of compensation paid out to officers over the last three years. A total of £51.8 million has been paid out in PSNI compensation for a variety of claims including unfair dismissal, damage to property broken bones, discrimination and hearing loss between 2011 and 2014. During 2011 and 2012, £19.5 million was paid out for an industrial tribunal, damage to property and personal injury. This total fell to £14 million during 2013 and 2014. DUP Policing Board member Jonathan Craig states that he must ask questions about the rise in the number of compensation claims and has stated that an explanation from the Chief Constable is required.
A number of officers have taken cases to industrial tribunals which has resulted in a large amount of payouts. During 2013/2014, 195 claims were made from officers claiming discrimination or unfair dismissal and a total of £2 million was paid out as a result. Board member Mr Craig has stated a large amount of the money paid out was due to officers injured hurt during street violence. However, a number of officers claimed for hearing loss during their police activities including firearms training. Police Federation Chief Terry Spence has stated that a large amount of claims are due to officers dealing with public disorders during parades and a total of 860 of these officers were injured for this reason during the last two years.
Personal injury claims
Injuries at work may be due to a lack of health and safety training or due to a failure to follow health and safety training. If you have received training and do not follow it, you are putting your own safety at risk. On the other hand, if you have not been appropriately trained or prepared for a situation, as may have happened in these PSNI compensation cases, you may not have been at fault for any personal injury sustained. If you have been hurt or suffered an illness as a result of your employer, you may also be entitled to compensation. Call our team of experts at Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your case.
How we can help you
Accident Advice Helpline will offer you no-obligation advice about your case so you are free to make the decision to pursue your claim. If you have had your safety breached while at work or you have suffered an accident during your regular duties, you may be entitled to a cash payout to help you cope with time off work. Provided someone else was negligent, and the accident occurred within the last three years, you can make your claim with us on a no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown