If you have been the victim of an injury that took place during or immediately following a wrongful arrest, you may very well be in need of wrongful arrest injury advice.
We in the UK are fortunate to live in a country with police officers who, for the most part, are not corrupt and police forces that do not tolerate officers who abuse their position of power for personal gain. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the police, the wrong people do sometimes find themselves in handcuffs in the back of a police car, and occasionally sustain injuries as a result of their wrongful arrest. At Accident Advice Helpline, we specialize in helping people who have been injured through no fault of their own claim the compensation they are entitled to and start the process of getting their lives back to normal.
Arrests and injuries
Although the police are usually very professional, they have been known to employ aggressive tactics such as the use of extreme restraint, tear gas, and an exercise known as “kettling”. Kettling came to the attention of the general public during the anti-tuition fee demonstrations which took place in London in 2010 and 2011, and involves containing a large group of people in a confined space. Kettling can lead to aggressive and violent outbursts which, in turn, can lead to a large number of arrests – many of them wrongful and unnecessary – being made, and injuries to individuals who are acting peacefully and obeying all instructions being given by the police to the best of their ability.
The role of the police
When an individual is arrested, the police are permitted to use what is known as “necessary force” to bring that person under control; however, they are not permitted to cause a suspect physical harm during any stage of the arrest process.
In recent years there have been a number of cases where members of the public have been wrongfully arrested and have sustained injuries due to unnecessary force being used by one or more of the arresting officers, or as a result of their confinement in a kettling situation even though they committed no criminal offence. If you have sustained an injury under circumstances such as these, you may be entitled to claim compensation under the law.
Making a claim
At Accident Advice Helpline, we can provide you with professional, accurate wrongful arrest injury advice and, if you have grounds to claim compensation, we can guide you through the process and make it as painless for you as possible. If an injury such as a broken or fractured bone is not correctly treated immediately, it is likely that it will not to heal properly and corrective surgery may be needed; a successful compensation claim can help pay any expenses related to surgery or any other medical treatment you receive a result of your injury, and may also allow you to recoup any lost wages or income.
Our team of specialist personal injury lawyers work on a no win, no fee* basis, and so there are never any upfront charges. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on our free 24-hour helpline and let us get you started on the road to claiming the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: October 18, 2014
Author: David Brown