Police officers receive £328,100 in payouts following injuries at work
West Midlands Police have had to pay out £328,100 in compensation to 26 of its employees over the past twelve months as a result of personal injury claims.
The pay-outs covered a wide range of incidents including one officer who suffered from stress after being exposed to HIV and another officer who suffered from an asbestos-related disease.
Other accidents at work included dog bites and slipping on wet floor.
Between them the injured officers received £328,100 in compensation. The West Midlands Police force has since insisted that their latest figures showed a 7.5% drop in accidents and injuries, which reflected significant improvements.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said:
“Police officers face dangerous situations on a daily basis while
on duty, protecting people from harm. This is a fundamental
nature of the job and a reality accepted by West
Midlands Police officers and staff, whose
health and safety we take
“We are responsible for our employees when they are on duty
and when we fall short of meeting that responsibility,
they are entitled to protection under the law and
seek redress through the courts.”
If you have been affected by an accident at work, and you would like expert advice, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email [email protected]
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