Every year, individuals across the UK find themselves under arrest even though they have done nothing wrong; if this has happened to you and you were injured as a result, you could be entitled to make a wrongful arrest accident claim.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we understand that being arrested can be a harrowing experience, and all the more so when you have done nothing wrong. For almost 15 years, our specialist lawyers have worked on a no win, no fee* basis to help individuals who have been injured in accidents that were not their fault get the compensation they deserve.
Many people have suffered wrongful arrests as the result of mistaken identity, false identification, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time; individuals have also been wrongfully arrested at peaceful protests, and this is something that has become particularly prevalent in recent years with the rise of high profile demonstrations in cities across the United Kingdom. In some of these cases, the police have employed unnecessary levels of force including:
- Use of tear gas
- Overly aggressive arrest procedure
Additionally, some nations in the EU have taken to using water cannons on protesters; although this has yet to see use on individuals in mainland Britain, this is a device that has been known to cause severe injuries and could well present a real danger to anyone who is considering taking part in any upcoming demonstrations.
No matter what you have been arrested for, the police they are legally bound to do so in a manner that is appropriate to the situation and not use unnecessary force. Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding what is ultimately shown to be a wrongful arrest are often highly charged (i.e. a peaceful protest that has turned violent) and mistakes can be made. When the police do not take the care required when making an arrest, it can often lead to accidents which result in serious injuries.
The initial impact of the injury itself is often compounded by the events that take place in the hours and days after your arrest. If, for example, you suffer a broken arm or dislocated shoulder during the course of being arrested and are then taken to a holding area with a large number of other people, it is highly possible that your injury will not be diagnosed and treated for several hours and, in some extreme cases, even days. The consequences of this can be very serious as your bones may fail to heal correctly, meaning that you may require complex surgery later on.
Accident Advice Helpline was founded in 2000, and since then we have helped thousands of people make successful claims for compensation – including claims against the police and other civilian authorities. Compensation can be used to pay medical bills and other expenses which are the result of injuries that were not the victim’s fault.
If you have been injured as the result of an accident that was not your fault after being mistakenly taken into custody, you may have grounds to make a wrongful arrest accident claim against the police. For your claim to have the best chance of succeeding it is essential that you retain all records of the circumstances of your arrest and the accident in which you were injured, and the contact details of any individuals who witnessed the accident firsthand. All of these can help to support your case.
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on our free 24-hour helpline and let us start working on your compensation claim today.
Date Published: October 18, 2014
Author: David Brown