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Prison Compensation Claims How Much Compensation Can I claim?

Accidents that result in a personal injury are quite common in a prison environment. Inmates are subject to the risk of injury, for which the prison service is responsible for guarding them against. Prison officers are also often victims of an accident at work, resulting in a personal injury.

Because of the complicated nature of accidents in a prison, especially with regards to negligence on the part of the prison service, and the subsequent liability for compensation claims, getting proper legal advice is a must if you have suffered a personal injury in prison.

We have developed this guide to claiming personal injury compensation for both inmates of a prison, and prison officers who work in a prison, to educate people, in order to help them press a successful personal injury compensation claim.

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A Guide to How to Claim Compensation for Prisoners

There is a very wide range of ways that accidents can occur in a prison environment. Both inmates and prison officers are in a tough, stressful environment. There is also the possibility of aggression from an inmate resulting in a physical assault. In effect, we have a veritable melting pot of potential accidents that could lead to a personal injury compensation claim.

Prison injuryIf you have been in prison, or currently are in prison, and have sustained an injury, then you may be in a position to claim compensation. The same applies for prison officers who have sustained an injury whilst carrying out their duties.

In order to have the best chance of making a successful compensation claim, you need to be prepared and armed with the information you need. This guide will attempt to give you that information. It will explain how to make a claim, what kinds of things compensation can be claimed for and some guidelines on the amount of compensation that may be received.

No Win No Fee Prison Compensation Claims

Not everyone has access to sufficient funds to pay for their own legal fees whilst pursuing a personal injury compensation claim. Indeed, for prisoners who are the victims of an accident resulting in a personal injury, it is highly unlikely that they will have the cash reserves to make a claim.

Therefore, we have developed a No Win No Fee service, that has been designed to make sure that everyone who needs legal representation to make a personal injury compensation claim, has access to it, regardless of their financial situation.

This type of Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) is very easy to understand. You won’t need to pay us anything during the process of making a compensation claim for an injury sustained in prison. If we lose your case, you still don’t need to pay us anything. But if we win your case, we will take our fee from the compensation you receive. We are legally restricted to only charging as much as 25% of the total amount of compensation awarded.

How to Start a Prison Injury Claim

If you believe that you have reason to pursue a compensation claim following an injury that was sustained either as an inmate or a prison officer, then you are going to need some legal advice starting off.

When you contact us, we will arrange a completely free legal counseling session for you. During this session, we will ask questions such as:

  • How did the injury occur?
  • Was it an accident, or an assault that caused the injury?
  • When did it happen?
  • What kind of medical treatment have you received?
  • Will there be any long-term or permanent health issues as a result of the injury?

Once we have all of the details of the injury, we will then advise you on what to do next. In most cases, we will offer to take in your prison injury compensation claim under a No Win No Fee agreement. We will then pursue your prison injury compensation claim on your behalf, and attempt to get you the most compensation possible based on the details of your injury and how it has affected your life.

What Damages Can I Claim for a Prison Injury or Negligence Compensation Claim?

When you make a compensation claim for a personal injury that was sustained in a prison, either as an inmate or a prison officer, there are two main categories of damages that you can potentially claim. These are general damages and special damages.

General damages cover all of the physical aspects of the injury that you have suffered. It takes into account the actual pain of the injury, both at the time of the injury and on an ongoing basis. It also includes any considerations such as long-term loss of function, permanent scarring, and any other negative physical factors. Mental stress and trauma are also included in general damages.

Special damages is a broad category that contains all of the non-physical aspects of a prison injury compensation claim. This includes financial hardship such as loss of earnings, and also the cost of out of pocket expenses such as travel, medical are and ongoing care in the home. This is the harder of the two categories to quantify, and no two cases are the same.

When we make a prison injury compensation claim for you, then we will always try and get the most damages that we can. Our fee is tied to the compensation amount, so it is in the best interests of both parties to sue for the maximum amount possible.

Serious Assaults in Prison on the Rise

As can be seen from the graph below, in recent years the number of serious assaults that have taken place in prison has risen quite dramatically. When an assault is made on either an inmate or a prison officer, there exists the possibility that a personal injury compensation claim can be made. If you have been the victim of assault either as an inmate or a person working in a prison, we can help you make a compensation claim.

Number of prison assaults

Number of prison assaults

Fewer Prison Officers Means Increased Risk of Injury

As we have shown in the above graph, the number of assaults that take place in prison is on the rise. Yet at the same time, the number of prison officers has dropped significantly since 2010.

This results in a much riskier workplace. Not only are prison officers now more likely to be the victim of assault leading to a personal injury, they now have to work harder to make up for staffing shortfalls. This means that the risk of being involved in some kind of accident at work which could result in an injury is now much higher.

Number of prison officers

Number of prison officers

A Direct Correlation of Staffing Levels and Violence in Prisons

In order to visualize how significant, the increased risk of being exposed to some form of violent assault is the graph below plots active prison officers alongside recorded cases of violence to both prison staff and inmates.

It can clearly be seen that there is a direct correlation between lower staffing levels and increased risk of assault. As the number of prison officers has declined, the number of reported incidence of violence has risen.

This means that we are reaching a time when there will be many more personal injury compensation claims being made by either people working in prisons, or people held in them. Finding a solicitor that has the experience necessary to successfully make a prison injury compensation claim is going to be crucial in these cases.

Risk of prison assault

Decreased workforce & increased risk of assault.

Claiming for an Injury as an Inmate

If you are or were incarcerated in prison, and whilst you were, you suffered a personal injury that was not your own fault, you could have a valid case for making a personal injury compensation claim. Accidents happen in prison for a wide range of reason, including:

  • A slip or trip – on a wet or badly maintained floor surface whilst in prison.
    An injury in your cell – as a result of an accident caused by badly maintained or faulty furniture and fittings
  • Work accidents – injuries that are a direct result of an accident that occurred whilst you were performing work in prison.
  • Injuries sustained through assault – if you were attacked by another prisoner.
  • Medical or dental negligence – if you sustained an injury whilst receiving medical treatment or dental care whilst in prison.
  • Compensation for wrongful imprisonment – if you have been wrongfully imprisoned for something you did not do you can claim compensation.

The prison service has an obligation to keep inmates safe at all times. This means that you should be protected from injuries caused by accidents due to negligence on behalf of the prison operator. The prison service is also responsible for making sure you are safe from other prisoners at all times. So, if you suffer an injury whilst in prison, and it is not your fault, then we can likely help you make a personal injury compensation claim.

Claiming for an Injury as a Prison Officer

Prison officers do a tough job. They work in a harsh environment and are exposed to stressful situations almost every day. Although prison operational processes are designed to minimize the risk of injury to prison officers whilst they are at work, there are times when this is not enough, and an accident or even an assault takes place, resulting in a personal injury that may be a valid cause for a compensation claim. There is a myriad of reasons why an accident in a prison can cause a personal injury to a prison officer, and these include:

  • A slip or trip accident – caused by a damaged or badly maintained floor, or even a wet or slippery floor due to spillage.
  • Muscle strain or sprains – this includes back and spinal injuries, that are a direct result of having to carry out heavy work.
  • Assault by an inmate – injuries caused by an attack against the prison officer.

Additionally, prison officers may also be able to claim special damages as part of their personal injury compensation claim. If there has been a loss of earnings or other financial hardship encountered as a direct result of the injury.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive for a Prison Compensation Claim?

Although each personal injury claim for compensation as either an inmate of a prison or a prison officer working in a prison will be different, below you will find some aggregated compensation amounts based on historic data regarding real payments.

InjurySeverityAmountNotes
Toe InjurySevere - Moderate£4,500 - £43,250Amputation of multiple toes at most severe, down to a loss of a single toe as least severe.
Foot InjuryMild£5,300 - £11,050Short-term damage to foot and pain as result of the injury.
Foot InjuryModerate£18,500 - £52,900Long-term loss of function of one or both feet, with an ongoing disability as result of the injury.
Foot InjurySevere£64,000 - £152,750Amputation of one or both feet as a result of the accident.
AchillesModerate£5,300 - £30,100Loss of function of the ankle over the long-term, possibly with ongoing pain as a result of the injury.
Ankle InjurySevere£10,300 - £53,100Loss of function of ankle, long-term pain, or requiring surgery to correct as a result of the injury.
Knee InjuryMinor£4,750 - £19,600Short-term damage to the knee, causing loss of function or pain as result of the injury.
Knee InjuryModerate£20,250 - £33,200Long-term damage to the knee, resulting in loss of function and ongoing pain as result of the injury.
Knee InjurySevere£39,700 - £72,970Permanent loss of function or one or both knees as result of the injury.
Leg InjuryMinor£1,800 - £17,900Break or fracture of one or both legs that will heal over time as result of the injury.
Leg InjuryModerate£21,750 - £104,100Loss of function of one or both legs as result of the injury.
Leg InjurySevere£75,100 - £215,000Amputation of one or both legs as result of the injury.
Finger InjurySevere - Minor£375 - £69,330Amputation of one or more fingers down to minor sprains causing short-term pain as result of the injury.
Wrist InjurySevere - Minor£2,550 - £44,500Complete loss of function of both wrists, down to minor sprains causing short-term pain as result of the injury.
Hand InjuryMinor£700 - £22,300Bone fracture, tissue damage of short-term loss of function in one or both hands as result of the injury.
Hand InjuryModerate£22,500 - £47,750Reduced function of one or both hands as result of the injury.
Hand InjurySevere£46,300 - £151,250Amputation or loss of function in one or both hands as result of the injury.
Elbow InjuryMinor£3,100 - £9,750Short-term partial loss of function of the elbow as result of the injury.
Elbow InjuryModerate£11,400 - £23,900Partial loss of function of the elbow as result of the injury.
Elbow InjurySevere£29,200 - £42,250Complete loss of function of the elbow also covers surgery required as result of the injury.
Arm InjuryMinor£4,500 - £30,250Short-term restriction of movement of arm or pain as result of the injury.
Arm InjuryModerate£30,100 - £99,750Loss of function of both or one arm, or ongoing long-term pain as result of the injury.
Arm InjurySevere£74,200 - £227,250Amputation of one or both arms as result of the injury.
Shoulder InjuryMinor£350 - £6,700Short-term restriction of movement of arm or pain as result of the injury.
Shoulder InjuryModerate£6,250 - £9,750Limited movement of the arm as result of the injury.
Shoulder InjurySevere£9,500 - £37,00Impaired movement or numbness of arm as result of the injury.
Neck InjuryMinor£1,800 - £ 6,200Short-term damage to neck such as whiplash as result of the injury.
Neck InjuryModerate£29,600 - £42,300Long-term damage restricting movement and causing pain as result of the injury.
Neck InjurySevere£35,500 - £112, 450Severe pain, impairment of movement or paralysis as result of the injury.
Back InjuryMinor£350 -£9,850Temporary damage to the back, with short-term pain as result of the injury.
Back InjuryModerate£30,750 - £8,750Damage to back, with long-term ongoing pain as result of the injury.
Back InjurySevere£29,750 - £123,300Loss of motor function or paralysis as result of the injury.
Eye InjuryMinor£1,600 - £7,600Temporary vision impediment as result of the injury.
Eye InjuryModerate£7,100 - £49,400Seriously reduced vision in one eye as result of the injury.
Eye InjurySevere£81,200 - £205,300Loss of sight in both eyes, or one eye and partial loss of sight in the other as result of the injury.
Ear InjuryMinor£4,300 - £37,500Hearing impediment as result of the injury.
Ear InjuryModerate£22, 300 - £34,500Deafness in one ear as result of the injury.
Ear InjurySevere£69,100 - £108,500Total loss of hearing as result of the injury.
Face InjuryMinor£1,700 - £12,350Scarring until fully healed in the mid to long-term but not permanent as a result of the injury.
Face InjuryModerate£12,200 - £27,300Breaks and fractures to cheeks, jaw or nose as well as ongoing pain as result of the injury.
Face InjurySevere£15,400 - £73,200Permanent scarring as result of the injury.
Head InjuryMinor£1,500 - £9,500Damage to the head that did not result in brain damage as a result of the injury.
Head InjuryModerate£12,500 - £200,00Injuries that result in impaired mental ability, change in personality of loss of motor function.
Head InjurySevere£215,000 - £310,000Injuries that leave the victim in an unresponsive and in a vegetative state due to severe brain damage.

On top of these compensation amounts for personal injury claims, there is also the issue of special damages to consider. Special damages will always be entirely unique to each individual case. Therefore, it is impossible to give any rule of thumb or guidelines on the amount that could be received.

Start A Prison Injury Compensation Claim

If you are an inmate who suffered a personal injury whilst in prison or a prison officer who suffered a personal injury whilst working in a prison, you may have a valid reason to make a compensation claim.

The prison service is liable in the event of a personal injury that was caused by something they are required to maintain or guard against. Additionally, if you were the victim of an assault by a prisoner, you may also have a valid reason to make a compensation claim. If you have suffered a personal injury in a prison, then you really need to contact us. Even if you do not think that anyone but yourself was to blame, you may be able to make a liability or negligence claim against the prison.

We make the entire end-to-end process of making a claim for personal injury compensation as simple as possible. We start with a short, free consultancy session to gather the details of your case. Once we have all the facts, we will recommend a course of action. In most cases, we will take your claim for compensation on as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

This is a No Win No Fee type of arrangement. You won’t need to pay any ongoing legal costs across the lifecycle of your claim. If we fail to win compensation on your behalf, then you don’t pay us anything. If we do successfully claim personal injury compensation for you, then we will take our fee out of that. The most we can legally charge is up to 25% of the compensation you are granted. The remaining 75% will be yours.

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