How To Claim Police Compensation Payouts

Police compensation payouts guide

Police compensation payouts guide

This guide will explain the circumstances that might entitle people to make police compensation payouts. The police force is responsible for upholding the law and protecting the public.

The police do not owe members of the public a duty of care to protect them against harm that they have not created. This means that you cannot claim if you were harmed by a criminal that the police failed to apprehend, for example. Members of the police must not abuse their powers or mistreat the public, however.

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When Could Police Compensation Payouts Be Awarded?

The police need to abide by certain pieces of legislation. For example, they have to abide by the Bail Act 1976 which sets pre-trial conditions for people who have been charged with crimes. Moreover, they must comply with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and PACE codes of practice, which regulate how police interact with the public.

Some of the things you may be able to claim against the police for include:

  • An assault by a police officer, causing physical injuries
  • A malicious prosecution
  • A wrongful arrest, meaning that the officers did not have just cause to detain you
  • Excessive force

For more information on when police compensation payouts might be made, speak with an advisor on our team today.

What Duty Of Care Does The Police Have?

For the police to carry out their work, they may have to use force. However, they mustn’t use excessive or unreasonable force. In other words, the force used must be proportionate to the situation at hand.

The police have a duty of care towards the public at large to keep the Queen’s peace, however, they don’t have a duty of care to individuals to protect them from harm that they themselves have not caused. This means that if you’re harmed by a criminal that the police failed to reprimand, then you would not be able to claim.

Furthermore, they need to have just cause to arrest you. If they don’t, you could sustain a psychological injury such as post-traumatic stress disorder as the result of their negligence.

Get in touch with our team today for a free valuation of your potential claim. Our advisors can offer you free legal advice about police compensation payouts.

Human Rights Breaches And Wrongful Arrest

Police compensation payout claims can be made for breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) that have caused an injury. The HRA brought the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law and made it illegal for a public authority to act in contrast with any of these rights.

The police have the power to stop and search when they feel you have “reasonable grounds” to believe that you’re carrying drugs, stolen property or something that you could use to commit a crime. You can be stopped and searched without these reasonable grounds, but only if it’s been approved by a higher-up police officer.

The power to stop and search could clash with several rights in the Conventions (for example, the right to liberty and security and the right to respect for private and family life). For this reason, all stop and searches must:

If they are not, and you sustain a physical or mental injury as a result, then you may be entitled to claim.

Furthermore, a police officer needs to adhere to certain guidelines when arresting someone. They should have just causes for doing so and shouldn’t make an arrest purely based on your appearance or background.

For an answer to the question “when might police compensation payouts be awarded?” speak with our team today.

Claims For The Use Of Unreasonable Force

If the police have used unreasonable force, causing physical injuries, the injured person may be eligible to claim a police compensation payout. As we have already mentioned, the police often have to use force in the course of their duties. However, when a police officer uses force, the force must be proportionate to the situation at hand.

Indeed, if a police officer uses force against a suspect without legitimate grounds to do so, it may count as assault. Moreover, the police must only use tasers or batons when appropriate.

If you’ve been arrested and the police have used unreasonable force, then get in touch with an advisor from our team today. They can offer you free legal advice.

What Other Claims Could You Make?

When on the road, the police owe other road users a duty of care. If on an emergency call, then they can use their sirens to alert other road users of this, and there are certain things they are allowed to do in these cases. For example, they can drive above the normal speed limit and pass through stop signs and red lights.

However, even when doing this, they need to take into account the safety of other people on the road. For example, if a police officer was travelling above the speed limit while on an emergency call, but caused an accident because they were looking at their phone, you might be able to claim. They are still subject to the same duty of care on the road that is set out in the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Furthermore, when not on an emergency call, a police car cannot exceed the speed limit or ignore road signs. If they do and cause an accident in which you’re injured, you might be able to claim.

You might be wondering “when can police compensation payouts be made?”. For an answer to this question, get in touch with our team.

Calculating Police Compensation Payouts

If you make a compensation claim that is successful, you will receive up to two heads of claim. These are general damages and special damages. General damages relate to the impact your injury has had on your quality of life. Special damages is compensation to reimburse you for any financial losses you may have experienced as a direct result of the way you were harmed.

You can use the table below to calculate how much compensation a claim might be worth in general damages. The compensation amounts in this table are based on guidelines provided by the Judicial College. However, the outcome of every compensation claim is different. So, please be aware that the amount of compensation may vary from what is included in this table.

Reason For ClaimPayoutAbout This Injury
Loss Of Sight - One Eye£95,990 to £179,770Where there's serious risk of further deterioration in the eye that is left.
Loss Of Hearing - One Ear£31,310 to £45,540If the person is also suffering issues such as headaches, dizziness or tinnitus the person may get a payout at the higher end of the bracket.
Brain Damage- Less Severe£15,320 to £43,060Whilst not all function will have returned, the person will have recovered to a good degree. They will be able to go back to work and take part in social activities.
Neck Injury- Moderate (i)£24,990 to
A neck injury such as a dislocation or bone fracture which causes the person symptoms which are immediate and severe.
Hernia£14,900 to
A hernia injury which leaves the person continuing pain and which could also limit the persons ability to carry out physical activities.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder- Moderate£7,680 to £21,730There will not be any grossly disabling symptoms that continue and a recovery will have been made to a largely complete degree.
Psychiatric Damage- Moderate£5,860 to £19,070While there will have been some problems relating to life, work and education, but a good prognosis and marked improvement.
Chest Injury£12,590 to £17,960Simple chest injuries which have caused permanent tissue damage. There is not any significant long term damage to the persons lung function.
Shoulder Injury- Moderate£7,890 to £12,770Injuries which limit movement through the joint. They could last for around 2 years.
Mental Anguish£4,670The fear of either death or the loss of life.

Examples of special damages you may be eligible to receive include:

  • Medical expenses, including counselling if you have developed psychiatric injuries
  • Travel costs
  • Care costs
  • Loss of earnings reimbursement

If you have become disabled because of your injuries, you can claim mobility equipment and home adaptation expenses. For a personalised quote, please call Public Interest Lawyers today. An advisor can estimate how much compensation you can claim based on your circumstances. They can also answer your questions on police compensation payouts.

When No Win No Fee Claims For Police Compensation Payouts Could Be Made

Public Interest Lawyers can handle your police negligence claim on a No Win No Fee basis with a Conditional Fee Agreement in place.

This means that you will not pay an upfront solicitors fee. You also won’t pay anything as the claim progresses. Therefore, it is a more affordable way to fund the work of a lawyer. Instead, you will pay a success fee if you win your claim. If the claim isn’t successful, then you won’t pay this fee.

To see if you can begin your No Win No Fee claim for police misconduct, please contact Public Interest Lawyers today. Our legal team has solid experience handling personal injury claims against public bodies. Furthermore, our lawyers can help you through the process of claiming.

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Learn More About Public Authority Claims

We appreciate you taking the time to read our guide on police compensation payouts. If you would like to learn more about making a compensation claim against a public authority or another party, please feel free to read these guides. You can also get in touch with our team for more information.

Police Force Data Breach – Essential Claims Guide

Serious Injury Solicitors 

Can I Sue Someone For Assault?

A government guide to contacting your local police and crime commissioner (PCC) to make a suggestion or complaint

How to make a complaint to the Independent Office For Police Conduct

A Citizen’s Advice guide to your human rights

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Article by AH

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