If you have been injured as a result of an accident that occurred while you were wrongfully imprisoned, you could be in a position to make a wrongful imprisonment accident claim. For almost 15 years, Accident Advice Helpline has helped thousands of people make successful compensation claims for injuries that were sustained through accidents that were not their fault, including accidents that were the result of wrongful imprisonment. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, give us a call on our 24-hour free phone line and let us help you decide if filing a compensation claim is right for you.
Duty of care
It is the duty of the prison authorities and the police to ensure that if an individual is imprisoned for any reason, they do not come to harm. The Prison Service is legally required to provide safe, habitable conditions for all prisoners throughout the duration of their incarceration.
Unfortunately, prison buildings are not always kept in the condition that they should be, and prisoners are often injured as the result of trips, falls, or other accidents that were caused by inadequate maintenance of prison facilities, and which were not their fault. Prisoners have also been injured through accidents resulting from unsafe working conditions and practices when they have been required to work whilst incarcerated.
A wrongful conviction – and subsequent imprisonment – can shatter both the personal and professional life of an individual. Although the conviction may ultimately be overturned, this cannot reverse the damage that has already been done.
Wrongful convictions can take months or, in more extreme cases, years to overturn and in that time the individual involved will be considered ‘guilty until proven innocent,’ meaning that they will likely lose their job and face awful financial hardship as a result when they leave prison. The effects of a wrongful imprisonment are compounded when the individual in question suffers an injury during the time they are in prison. If that injury was caused by unsafe prison conditions or something else that was not the victim’s fault, they may be entitled to make a wrongful imprisonment accident claim.
In most cases, to claim compensation you will have to have been injured in an accident that was directly the fault of a third party, and you will need to provide evidence to support your claim. Useful evidence can include medical reports from the time the accident occurred and the days and weeks following the injury; formal reports detailing precisely what happened and who was involved; and eyewitness statements from other prisoners, guards, or anyone else that saw the accident. All prisons are required keep a written record of any accidents that take place, and this can be essential to making a successful claim.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we believe that any individual who is injured through no fault of their own has the right to claim compensation under the law. Our team of in-house specialist solicitors are experts in personal injury law and are here to help you make the best case possible and get the compensation which you deserve.
If you have suffered financially as the result of an accident whilst wrongfully imprisoned call us today on our free 24-hour helpline, and let us help you move forward with your claim for compensation.