By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 26th July 2021. Welcome to our police negligence compensation claims guide. On this page, you will find a guide, information and advice on making a police negligence claims. You could claim as a member of the public or police officer. If you have been the victim of an injury at the hands of the police in the UK, then this guide is for you. It explains the entire process, and what you have to do to instigate police negligence claims.
If you don’t have the time to read all of this guide, then you can simply call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801. We will spend time going over your case, and then will offer you advice on what to do next.
Select a Section:
- A Guide To Police Negligence Compensation Claims
- What Is Misconduct By The Police?
- What Is Negligence By The Police?
- What Are The Most Common Forms Of Police Misconduct
- What Should You Do If You Suffer Due To Police Negligence?
- Can You Claim Compensation For An Assault By A Police Officer?
- Could I Claim Compensation For Emotional Distress?
- Can I Claim Compensation For Failures To Protect?
- Could Police Officers Claim For Accidents Or Injuries At Work?
- What Are Police Misconduct Hearings?
- How To Start Your Police Negligence Claim
- What Can You Include In A Police Negligence Claim?
- Police Compensation Payouts And Calculator – Updated July 2021
- No Win No Fee Solicitors Specialising In Claims Against The Police
- How We Can Help In Cases Of Police Negligence And Police Misconduct
- Speak To Our Team For Advice Today
- Helpful Links And resources
A Guide To Police Negligence Compensation Claims
This police negligence compensation claims guide is aimed at anyone who has suffered an injury due to police misconduct or negligence. The injury may be physical or psychological injuries. It contains all of the information you need to be able to understand the claims process. It also looks at what your legal team will need to do on your behalf to successfully claim compensation. We have given a table of typical amounts of compensation paid for a range of injuries.
How our guide could help you
This guide also contains useful information on the personal injury claims time limit and other information including:
- A full description of the legal definition of police misconduct with regard to making a compensation claim.
- A full description of the legal definition of police negligence UK with regard to making a police negligence compensation claim.
- A list of the most common types of police negligence that happen in the UK each year.
- Steps you should take if you’ve suffered an injury due to police negligence or misconduct to give you the best chance of winning a compensation claim.
- Information on your legal position if you need to make a compensation claim for an injury caused by an assault by a police officer.
- Information on claiming for emotional distress caused by police negligence UK or misconduct.
- A discussion of the duty to protect that all police officers are expected to adhere too. We then look at how you can claim if the police fail in this duty.
- A description of police misconduct hearings, what they are and what their function is.
- The steps you need to take to begin a compensation claim for an injury caused by police misconduct or negligence.
- An introduction to the Accident Claims UK No Win No Fee claims service.
- Our explanation of why we believe this is the best vehicle for making a claim from the police.
Once you have read this guide, if you still have unanswered questions, or need any additional information, then please do call us on the number at the bottom of this page so that we can help you further.
What Is Misconduct By The Police?
The term, police misconduct, is used to describe an event whereby a police officer has taken illegal actions, whilst carrying out their regular duties. Such cases of police misconduct can at best, lead to a miscarriage of justice. At worst they could lead to a serious injury to a member of the public.
If you have been the victim of some form of police misconduct, you may be entitled to take legal actions against the police. If you could prove that the police had acted negligently or dangerously towards you, you could make a successful claim against them for compensation.
What Is Negligence By The Police?
When can you claim compensation for police negligence? Police negligence is a term used to describe an event whereby a police officer fails to perform their duties adequately, and this leads to a failure in the legal system. For example, you were to be stopped by the police for speeding, and the police officer asked you to take a breathalyser test. The test resulted in a positive outcome. If it was later discovered that the police officer had failed to notice that the breathalyser was broken, then you could claim for police negligence in the UK.
What Are The Most Common Forms Of Police Misconduct
The graph above gives an indication of just how many crimes the police deal with in the UK every year. Almost all of these crimes are handled professionally. However, a small percentage involve an aspect of police misconduct. These could lead to a person being able to engage a personal injury lawyer to make a compensation claim. The most common types of police misconduct are:
- A member of the public being taken into custody, with no real reason or explanation as to why they have been detained.
- A member of the public being physically attacked or assaulted by an on-duty police officer.
- A member of the public being arrested without their being a valid reason for the arrest, such as insufficient evidence.
- A member of the public being arrested based on falsified evidence.
These reasons and more are cause for you to engage a personal injury solicitor to claim police negligence compensation. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page to start your claim today. Talk to us about police negligence claims.
What Should You Do If You Suffer Due To Police Negligence?
Before you begin a police negligence compensation claim, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure you have the best chance possible of winning your claim. These include:
- Gather evidence if possible, either photographic or video, that can be used to support your claim in some way.
- Find out if there were any witnesses. If there were, find out who they are and get their contact details so that they can be called on to give testimony if
- Get medical attention, at a proper hospital, so that your injury and its cause are recorded.
- List expenses and financial losses, such as prescription charges, travel costs and any income lost through having to take time off work.
Can You Claim Compensation For An Assault By A Police Officer?
When it comes to claiming for police negligence UK based lawyers see police assaults regularly. An assault by a police officer is one of the main causes of a person suing the police for misconduct.
If you have been assaulted by a police officer, you could claim police negligence compensation. You will claim either against the police force as a whole or the specific police officer who assaulted you.
Could I Claim Compensation For Emotional Distress?
To answer the question, can you sue the police for emotional distress UK lawyers can definitely assist you with this. Psychological injuries can be just as serious, and sometimes more so, than a physical injury. So, the answer to can I sue the police for emotional distress? is yes. If you have suffered a psychological injury such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression due to police misconduct or negligence, then you will be able to compensation against police.
Can I Claim Compensation For Failures To Protect?
Every member of the police force has a duty to protect the general population at all times, it is part of their oath to do so. If a police offer fails in their duty to protect, and this leads to a member of the public being injured, then it would be a valid reason to seek some form of police compensation payouts. In effect, this would be some form of police negligence tort case.
We are experienced in calculating police negligence compensation claims for failure of duty of care. Call us on the number at the bottom of this page so we can help you with this so that you can then sue the police for negligence.
Could Police Officers Claim For Accidents Or Injuries At Work?
Police negligence claims could also be made by police officers. Every police officer is protected by Health & Safety legislation, just as every employee of every business and organisation in the UK is. The fact that the police force is one of the Government-run emergency services doesn’t change this.
If you are a police officer that has been injured at work whilst carrying out your duties, Accident Claims UK can help you to claim for a work-related accident. Call us on the number at the bottom of this page to proceed. Once you have filled in an online police compensation form you could claim compensation for police negligence.
What Are Police Misconduct Hearings?
Before we look at how to claim police negligence compensation claims, let’s look at the hearings that may take place in instances of misconduct.
A police misconduct hearing is a publicly accessible board of hearing, that is in place to evaluate the performance of police officers with regards to negligence and misconduct.
If a police officer is found guilty of misconduct or negligence, a range of actions can be taken, from no further action, through having to be advised by management on how they failed, a written warning or final written warning, and finally dismissal from the police force.
How To Start Your Police Negligence Claim
Accident Claims UK has a team of solicitors specialising in actions against the police. Starting police negligence claims could not be easier. Simply call us on the number at the bottom of this page, and we can lead you through the process.
First, we will ask you some questions so that we can get a better idea of your claim, such as:
- Did you suffer from police negligence or misconduct?
- What were the injuries, physical or psychological, caused by the event?
- When and where did the event take place?
- Have you had professional medical treatment?
- What is the long-term prognosis for your recovery?
- Have you suffered any financial losses due to the incident?
What Can You Include In A Police Negligence Claim?
What special damages could be awarded for police negligence claims? Every compensation settlement is made up of several types of damages that fall under the general headings of special damages and general damages, which can be defined thus:
- Special damages – these are all the financial and “special” aspects of your loss due to the injury. This includes loss of earnings both current and into the future. It also includes all out of pocket expenses such as travel costs and medical fees. On top of this, it can also contain additional compensation for example, if you missed a plane flight that was not refunded.
- General damages – these are all the physical considerations. This includes the initial pain, trauma and suffering caused by the incident which caused the injury. It also makes provision for any mental anguish and trauma. On top of this, if you are likely to have a long-term or permanent health problem, this will also be included here.
Police Compensation Payouts And Calculator – Updated July 2021
Every claim is different, so it is very hard to estimate police compensation payouts accurately without full details of your claim. However, the police negligence compensation tables below will give you a general idea.
|Injury Type||How Severe?||Typical Compensation Payments||Information About the Injury|
|An injured thumb||Minor through to severe||Up to £51,460||Starting with very minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, all the way through to complete loss of a thumb.|
|An injured toe||Moderate through to severe||Up to £52,620||Starting with very minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, all the way through to complete loss of all toes.|
|An injured ankle||Minor through to very severe||Up to £65,420||Starting with very minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, all the way through to complete loss of use of the ankle.|
|An injured foot||Minor through to very severe||Up to £102,890||Starting with very minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, all the way through to complete loss of a foot.|
|An injured leg||Minor through to severe||Up to £129,010||Starting with very minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, all the way through to complete loss of a leg (above the knee amputation).|
|An injured neck||Minor through to severe||Up to £139,210||Starting with very minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, all the way through to complete loss of use of the neck.|
|An injured back||Minor through to severe||Up to £151,070||Starting with very minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, all the way through to complete loss of use of the back.|
|An injured hand||Minor through to serious||Up to £102,890||Starting with very minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, all the way through to complete loss of a hand.|
|An injured wrist||Minor through to severe||Up to £56,180||Starting with very minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, all the way through to complete loss of use of a wrist.|
|An injured arm||Moderate to severe||Up to £128,710||Starting with very minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, all the way through to complete loss of an arm (amputation at the shoulder).|
No Win No Fee Solicitors Specialising In Claims Against The Police
Accident Claims UK offers our No Win No Fee claims service as the best way to make a personal injury claim. But is this the same as getting legal aid? Not really. What this means is, that you pay nothing at all until we actually win a damages settlement for you.
We charge nothing to actually instigate your claim, and no matter how long it takes to reach a settlement for damages, we charge you nothing as we pursue your claim. In the rare eventuality that we fail to win a damages settlement for you, then you have nothing to pay us at all. This really is a 100% financially risk-free way to make a police negligence compensation claim. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out how we can assist with police negligence claims.
How We Can Help In Cases Of Police Negligence And Police Misconduct
Accident Claims UK has many years of experience in claiming compensation across a wide range of complex cases, such as police misconduct. excessive force, malicious prosecution and negligence as well as accident at work cases. We have the knowledge and experience to pursue claims against such large organisations as the UK Police Force successfully. Our expert legal advisors can assess your claim, and could pass you to one of our solicitors, regulated by the solicitor’s regulation authority, to take on your claim.
We always aim to get you the maximum level of damages possible, as part of your compensation settlement, without threatening the validity of your claim in any way. We are always on hand to answer your questions and will keep you updated regularly about the status of your claim.
Speak to Our Team For Advice Today
Are you ready to begin a police negligence compensation claim? If you are, then call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 today. We will ask you some questions to get a better idea of your claim, the offer you some free legal advice on the next step you should take. You can find details of our registered office below too.
Thank you for reading our guide to police negligence claims. Below you can find additional information and resources.
Helpful Links And Resources
At the following link, you will find a web page operated by the UK Government that can help you to make a complaint against the police:
At the following link, you will find a report published by the Police College, on the possible outcomes of a police misconduct hearing:
In the link below you can find out more about the legal framework in which police operate.
Our guide below looks at how to claim compensation for accidents in public places.
Police Negligence Compensation Claim FAQs
What is the role of the police?
The role of the police and police officers’ duty of care is to uphold the law in the UK. They should do so in a way that is fair but firm. They should prevent crime, keep the peace and reassure the community and they should ensure that anyone they deal with is dealt with without restricting their rights under the Human Rights Act. Police officers have core operational duties. These include the following,
- Preserving public order.
- Protecting life and protecting property.
- Preventing offences from happening.
- Bring to justice those breaking the law.
In addition to these duties, the police have other roles set out in common law and legislation.
What is a police officers duty of care?
What are police officers’ duty of care in the UK? The role of the police is to protect the general public by preventing and detecting crime. Their duty to do so is established in common law. This means presidents which have been set by court decisions. The police have legislative and common law powers to carry out this duty.
In the 2018 Supreme Court case Robinson (Appellant) v Chief Constable of the West Yorkshire Police (Respondent)  UKSC 4 the court looked at whether the police owed a duty of care if someone was injured because of police actions. The case found the police do owe a duty of care to avoid causing harm.
Can you sue the police for negligence?
Yes, if they fail to uphold their duty of care to you, then you could be able to hold them liable and even claim compensation for your suffering.
Can you sue the police for emotional distress UK?
As part of a personal injury claim, psychological damage can be claimed as well as physical damage.
What kind of damages are emotional distress?
Emotional distress falls under general damages alongside physical injuries.
Can I claim for financial losses?
Yes, by claiming special damages, you could be able to recover anything from loss of earnings to medical expenses that you’ve paid out of pocket for as a result of your accident.
Do I need a lawyer?
You’re not legally required to have a lawyer in order to make a claim but having one handle your case can increase its chances of success.
How can Accident Claims help?
We can connect you to our panel of personal injury lawyers after providing you with a free consultation. There’s no obligation to continue, but if you want to, our panel can handle your case on a No Win No Fee basis.
How many people are injured by police in car chases?
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident caused by a police pursuit, you might be interested to learn that these things happen more than you may imagine. In fact, according to media reports, there were 42 people fatally injured in England and Wales in incidents involving police cars in 2018/19. 30 of these deaths occurred in accidents relating to pursuits. 12 of these deaths were motorists behind the wheel of a vehicle that was being pursued by police. One of these was a motorcyclist. A further eight fatalities were suffered by passengers in cars that were being pursued, while 7 were in a vehicle hit during the course of a pursuit. Sadly, 3 deaths occurred to pedestrians who were hit by a fleeing vehicle.
Where did the figures come from and how many other deaths were there?
The figures were released by IOPC, and also revealed that there were 276 deaths during or after police contact in 2018/19. According to the figures, 16 people died after or in police custody, while 3 were shot by police and died from their injuries. Perhaps quite shockingly, one of those shot was unarmed. He was fatally injured while fleeing a raid on a property in which no guns were found.
In addition to this 21 of the 63 deaths were suicides following custody for sexual offences allegations. 15 of those 21 were facing allegations of child sexual offences.
Police negligence claims for police negligence compensation could be made by those harmed due to police negligence or misconduct.