If you are a police officer who has been injured in the line of duty, then you may wish to consider your eligibility for a police officer injury claim. Whilst the risk of accidents may be an accepted part of the job, there are many instances in which you will still be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
What is a Police Officer Injury Claim?
Police officer injury compensation is in place to ensure that you are protected if you have been injured as a result of an accident that was not your fault. A recent report has said that up to 2,000 police officers are successfully claiming compensation for injuries every year. These injuries may have been incurred in accidents such as:
- Road traffic accidents;
- Slips, trips and falls; and
- Accidents in the working environment of the police station.
Just like any other employee, as a police officer you should reasonably expect your employer to protect you from the risk of accidents whilst you are on duty. Whether you are based in an office environment or out on the beat, your expectation to be protected as much as possible is certainly fair and justified.
If as a police officer your employer has failed in this duty to protect you, then you may be entitled to make a police officer injury claim. Whilst it is usually best to speak with a trained professional to check, you should be entitled to make a claim if your accident was someone else’s fault, happened in the last three years and resulted in injuries requiring medical attention. You may prefer to use an online tool such as Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second calculator to check.
How Should I Be Protected as a Police Officer?
Whilst you are working in a high-risk environment, your employer should have taken certain measures to protect you at all times. These may include:
- Adequate training to carry out your job safely, even in specific circumstances such as riot situations and high-speed car chases;
- Well-maintained equipment and weaponry; and
- Safety clothing and equipment such as bulletproof vests.
If you feel that your employer has been negligent and you are entitled to a police officer injury claim for compensation, please contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible, either on our 24-hour advice line or via our website. We will help to ensure the claims process is as stress-free as possible, as you are guided at every step of the way by our highly trained, friendly advisers.
No matter what type of injury you have suffered from – whether a head or neck injury, a spinal injury, broken bones or otherwise – you do not deserve to suffer physically, emotionally or financially. Our expert legal advisers handle all claims on a no win no fee basis, so you have the peace of mind to make your case.
Date Published: 15th September 2013
Author: Sharon Parry