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Compensation Claims Against Police

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. Talk to us about assault by Police Officer claims and other police-related claims.

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 following my Assault By Police Officer or other police related claim?

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, we will be able to operate on a no win no fee basis when pursuing your claim.

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Potential Outcomes

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.

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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.

AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION

All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. The amount of compensation that is awarded is determined by looking at two specific factors – general damages and special damages.

GENERAL DAMAGES

The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity.

Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details relating to your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded, which will then be put forward to the opposing side and the judge.

SPECIAL DAMAGES

However, compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. Therefore, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your accident/injuries.

Assault By Police Officer? Start your claim today.

Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of different case types. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury can be and so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible. No matter exactly where you are located, we can help process your case.

To learn more and to discuss your potential claim in confidence, contact our team on 0800 342 3206. Alternatively, complete our online contact form to arrange an initial no-obligation telephone consultation with a member of our expert team. 

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