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A Guide To Police Accident At Work Claims Against The Metropolitan Police Service Or Injured On Duty?- How To Claim Compensation

Accident At Work Compensation Claims Against The Metropolitan Police Service

Metropolitan police accident at work claims processIf you have been injured while working for the police force, or you believe that the police are to blame for what happened to you, you may be interested in making police accident at work claims. At Legal Expert, we have many years of experience in the industry and we have helped numerous people to make personal injury claims against the Metropolitan Police Service. If you would like to discuss what has happened to you, all you need to do is give us a call at 0800 073 8804 and you will speak to one of our friendly and experienced advisors. However, before you do so, you could continue reading to find out everything you need to know about police accident at work claims.

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A Guide To Accident At Work Claims Against The Metropolitan Police Service

This police force in London – the Metropolitan Police Service – is often abbreviated to either the ‘Met’  or the ‘MPS’. This covers the 32 London boroughs but it does not cover the ‘square mile’ of the City of London, which the City of London Police, which is a much smaller unit. The Met has significant national responsibilities, including the protection of the Royal Family, as well as leading and co-ordinating on UK-wide national counter-terrorism matters. The most recent statistics (March 2018) reveal that there are 40,327 full-time personnel working for the Met. This includes 595 designated officers, 1,315 police community support officers, 8,027 police staff, and 30,390 police officers.

If you have been injured while working for the Met, no matter what your job title is, you may be entitled to compensation if the accident was not your fault. In this guide, we will reveal everything you need to know about police accident at work claims. This includes answering some of those pressing questions you probably have, including: Can you claim compensation from the police? Can I sue the police for emotional distress? Can I sue the police for negligence? Can you sue the police for damages? As well as answering these all-important questions, we will also provide you with police injury award examples and police injury on duty pension bands so that you could see how much compensation you may get.

What Is A Metropolitan Police Service Accident At Work?

The police service includes police officers, civilians, armed officers, and volunteers. Members of staff may work by patrolling a beat, guarding, or providing police security to special areas such as the houses of parliament. They could also conduct counter-terror operations, provide security/volunteer support at sporting events, or work in civilian office environments/ roles. All of these environments have different risks, and so there are many different ways that a police officer could be injured at work. If you have been involved in any sort of accident, and it was not your fault, you could be able to make a personal injury claim.

Defining And Reporting Metropolitan Police Service Accidents At Work

There is no denying that working as a police officer is a high-risk job. The physical demands of this role mean that police officers could end up suffering injuries caused in the likes of assaults, road traffic accidents, and scenarios whereby they are pursuing suspects. There are a number of rules and regulations in place when it comes to police federation injury on duty incidents. As per sub-clause 4 of Regulation 6 of the Police Regulations 2006, the following steps must be taken if you have been injured while working for the Metropolitan Police:

  • You need to report the accident to your line manager as soon as possible
  • You need to make sure that all accidents and incidents, including minor injuries, are logged into the Police Force’s reporting system
  • You could get a relative or a friend to do this for you if you are not in a position to do so yourself because of your injury
  • You need to report your injury to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) within 15 days if your accident has meant you have been off work or unable to perform your normal duties for seven consecutive days
  • You should ask your line manager to complete a RIDDOR report online if you have been involved in an accident

Police Force Health And Safety In The Workplace

Just because working for the police is a risky job does not mean that anyone injured should have no support with an incident that happens. Steps should be taken to ensure that your work life is as safe as possible. The Police (Health and Safety) Act 1997 was introduced to ensure there was health and safety legislation specifically for the police so that they were protected. If this law has not been followed, you can make accident at work claims against the Metropolitan Police Service. We could provide lawyers that are experienced in securing compensation for police officers injured on duty.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Metropolitan Police Service Accident At Work Claim?

A lot of people may not realise that there is a personal injury claims time limit for police accident at work claims. You could typically have three years to make a claim. This is the standard time limit. However, there are some exceptions. This is why it is often a wise thing to do to claim sooner rather than later so that you can avoid any disappointment.

Injury Risks For Members Of The Metropolitan Police Service

In the upcoming sections, we are going to take a look at some of the most common accidents and injuries that could result in police accident at work claims. If you cannot find the injury you have suffered, don’t panic – you may be able to still claim. The examples we have provided are simply common potential accidents for police accident at work claims.

Police Officer Assaults On Duty

Sadly, police officers can and are assaulted in the course of dispensing their duties. You may be wondering whether police accident at work claims can be made for situations like this. You certainly could be able to, especially if everything has not been done to protect this situation from happening. There are lots of campaigns out there for tougher sentences for people that assault police offers, with Protect The Protectors being a prime example.

Injuries Caused By A Lack Of Training

We could also help people to make police accident at work claims for a lack of training. It goes without saying that you cannot simply walk into the Met and secure a job without the necessary training. Therefore, if you have been instructed to do something that you do not have the right level of training for, and you have been injured, you may be able to make a claim.

Injuries Caused By Insufficient Personal Protective Equipment

Depending on the job you have or the task you were carrying out, you could be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This could be anything from a bulletproof vest to eye-safety goggles, depending on the work you are carrying out. If you have not been given the right PPE, and you have been injured, you might be able to make a claim.

Police Service Road Traffic Accidents At Work

Road traffic accidents happen every day. We could help you to make a police officer injured on duty claim if you have been injured in a crash caused by another driver or because of a problem with your vehicle, which you were not responsible for.

There are many different types of accidents and injuries that someone could experience in a crash. For example, you could suffer minor injuries, like cuts or bruises, or you could sustain a serious head or back injury.

The most common injury that could arise from this type of incident is whiplash. Nevertheless, a whiplash injury could also occur in other unfortunate scenarios – such as other workplace accidents and slips and trips. When you take this into account, it is not hard to see why so many personal injury claims involve whiplash.

So, what actually is whiplash? This is an injury that arises because your head is thrown forward at an angle. What tends to happen is that the head jolts forwards and then backward rapidly. This then causes a wealth of knock-on effects. Here are some of the main symptoms of whiplash…

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tender muscles
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Blurry sight
  • Restricted movement
  • Nausea

This is a mere handful of the symptoms that could occur if you suffer a whiplash injury. It is important to note that not all individuals may experience all of the symptoms mentioned. Every case of whiplash is different. In fact, this is what may make it so confusing for people when it comes to making police accident at work claims.

A lot of people may not realise they have the basis for a compensation claim. This is because they may have suffered a minor form of whiplash. They may thus elect to look after themselves, rather than visit a doctor. Nonetheless, as soon as you have experienced a car crash or whatever incident has occurred, it is a good idea to see a medical professional. If they medically diagnose you with having a whiplash injury, you may then be able to launch a claim.

Examples Of Injuries Which Could Happen To A Metropolitan Police Service Employee

Finally, there are a number of different types of accidents and injuries that could happen to someone working as a Metropolitan police service employee. This could be injuries caused because of a lack of personal protection equipment, for example, or inadequate training. Some of the common injuries that could be sustained and result in police accident at work claims are as follows:

  • Whiplash
  • Back injuries
  • Mental Health conditions
  • Fractures
  • Limb/joint injury
  • Disfigurement
  • Injuries to the teeth and mouth
  • Scarring
  • Weapon injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Nerve damage
  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Muscle damage
  • Crush injury
  • Lacerations, cuts, and burns
  • Injury to the head/brain
  • Concussion
  • Sight loss/impairment
  • Limb amputation

Police Injury On Duty Compensation Claims Calculator

When it comes to police accident at work claims, compensation is calculated on an individual basis. This means your case should be assessed and an amount should be awarded accordingly, rather than there just being a set list of compensation payouts. The best way, therefore, to get an understanding of how much compensation you may get is to look at the payouts for police accident at work claims according to the Judicial College’s Guidelines. We have provided this information in the table below.

However, please note that if the Police officer is making the claim against the Police force, the way compensation is calculated could be different.

You may have seen a personal injury claims calculator online that offers to calculate a compensation amount. However, we decided on this page to use the guideline amounts to give you an idea of what your payout could fall into. If you have any queries about the sort of payout you may receive, please do not hesitate to give us a phone call.

What sort of injury have you suffered?Notes/severityThe usual payout for an injury like this
Psychological InjuriesLess severe£1,350 to £5,130
Psychological InjuriesModerate£5,130 to £16,720
Psychological InjuriesModerately severe£16,720 to £48,080
Psychological InjuriesSevere£48,080 to £101,470
DeathDeath within two weeks, with initial excruciating pain followed by unconsciousness after three hours£9,210 - £9,350
DeathDeath occurring within six weeks, with immediate unconsciousness £3,300 - £3,850
DeathDeath occurs within a week, with immediate unconsciousness £1,200 - £2,450
DeathMental anguish - Fear of impending death£4,100
Minor injuriesA three-month recovery period£1,200 to £2,150
Minor injuriesA 28-day recovery period£600 to £1,200
Minor injuriesA seven-day recovery periodA few hundred pounds to £600
Hand InjuryModerate£5,110 to £11,640
Neck InjuriesModerate£21,910 to £33,750
Arm InjuriesLess Severe£16,830 to £34,340
Severe psychological damage£48,080 - £101,470
Shoulder InjuriesModerate£6,920 to £11,200
Thumb InjuriesModerate£8,470 to £11,040
Moderate PTSDIn such circumstances, the person will have recovered for the most part. Any continual effects are not going to be grossly disabling.£3,460 - £7,170
Severe facial scarringThe psychological reaction is severe and the cosmetic impact is very disfiguring.£15,750 - £42,460

What Damages Can I Claim Compensation For?

When it comes to police accident at work claims, a lot of people might not realise that compensation is split into two parts. The first is general damages, which is for those damages that cannot be quantified. This includes the likes of physical and psychological damages, which you cannot put a monetary price on. In order to determine how much you will receive, the medical report your doctor put together will usually be considered, as well as the impact the injury is having on your life and will continue to have on your life. The second type of compensation you could claim for is special damages, which are those damages that can be quantified. This relates to any of those costs you have had to pay for as a direct consequence of what has happened to you in the accident you were involved in. Examples of special damages for police accident at work claims include travel costs, loss of income, medical expenses, and such like.

No Win No Fee Accident At Work Claims Against The Metropolitan Police Service

One of the reasons why Legal Expert is the preferred choice for so many is because we offer a no win no fee service. You may have heard of this term before, but you may not be sure of what it means if you have never used a legal service like this before. It is pretty straightforward. If we should not secure compensation for you, you wouldn’t pay lawyer’s fees. This will give you complete peace of mind. You wouldn’t have to fear that making a claim will leave you out of pocket, and you wouldn’t need any money to start your case.

How We Could Help You To Make A Workplace Accident Claim Against The Metropolitan Police

Have you had the misfortune of suffering an accident? If so, and the injury was not your fault, it could be the case that you are able to be compensated for it in the form of a police injury award. A lot of people all over the United Kingdom may miss out on the compensation they deserve because they might not know they have a case to begin with, whilst others may fear the costs associated with hiring a personal injury solicitor. You would not have to worry about any of this if you get in touch with Legal Expert.

We are a leading UK firm with a wealth of experience. Since being established, we have successfully helped a lot of personal injury victims to get the money they deserve. All you need to do is give us a call on our free legal helpline to discuss police accident at work claims further. You will find the contact details at the end of the guide. We will discuss your case with you and answer any questions you may have. If you have the basis for a Metropolitan Police Service personal injury claim we will then put you in touch with one of our experienced no win no fee solicitors.

We only work on a no win no fee basis. This is extremely beneficial for you for many different reasons. First and foremost, you will not need any money to begin your claim. Moreover, the financial risk that is associated with using a traditional personal injury lawyer is eliminated. This ensures you benefit from a better level of service. And, what’s more, you can be certain that we will only take on your case if we believe you have a realistic chance of getting compensation. We won’t waste your time.

If you still have doubts about our service, why not take a look at the customer reviews on our website? You will see that we have an impeccable reputation in the industry.

Contact Legal Expert Today

If you have any questions about police accident at work claims, or you are ready to make a claim, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information. There are many different ways you can contact our team. You can call our helpline on 0800 073 8804. Or, if you would prefer, you can leave your details as well as stating the best time for us to call you, and we will ring you back. We also have a live chat feature on our website if you would prefer.

Related Accident At Work Resources

Armed forces and military claims – Our guidelines on this type of claim.

Medical negligence in the armed forces – More about medical negligence for the armed forces.

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