Have you been involved in a police-related accident that wasn’t your fault? If so you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Circumstances for personal injury claims
The police force has a duty to enforce the law and protect the general public. However, police officers are not above the law and they have been known to overstep their boundaries and legal privileges. This has the potential to cause personal injury in some cases, e.g.:
- Where you have been deliberately assaulted by a police officer
- You were injured after being involved in a road traffic accident with a police officer
- When a police officer uses an inappropriate level of force
What should I do?
If you are a victim of personal injury caused by the police it is crucial that you speak to a specialist lawyer as soon as possible. This can be a particularly daunting prospect, but our team of expert personal injury solicitors will be able to assess your incident and evaluate whether you have a valid claim.
In most cases, they will be able to operate on a no win no fee basis when pursuing your claim.
There are various levels of compensation that you could be awarded as a result of your claim, including:
- Basic damages for pain and suffering – this compensates you for the personal injury that you have suffered.
- Financial losses – this will take into account any past and future financial losses incurred as a result of your injury
- Aggravated damages – damages for injured feelings (will not be less than £1,000)
- Exemplary damages – designed to punish the misconduct of an officer who has acted in an arbitrary, oppressive or unconstitutional manner (will not be less than £5,500)
The compensation that you receive will be largely dependent on the specific circumstances of your claim.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
If you are unable to pursue a personal injury claim, a claim may be able to be brought to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority where injuries have been suffered as a result of a crime of violence, for example where you have been deliberately assaulted.
These claims must be submitted within two years of the date that the incident took place. The level of compensation awarded by the authority will depend on the injuries sustained and is determined by a Tariff Scheme.