Prison Officer Compensation Claims

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Prison Officer Compensation Claims

If HM Prison Service has failed in its duty to protect you while at work and you have suffered an injury as a result, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

The expert solicitors at JMW are well-positioned to help prison officers who have been injured at work to make a claim. We can provide expert guidance to give you the very best chance of securing a successful outcome to compensate for the pain and suffering caused.

Speak to our legal experts today by calling us on 0345 872 6666. Alternatively, enable us to give you a call back by leaving your details via our online enquiry form. We can help you pursue a prison injury claim and will explain the next steps.

How JMW Can Help

Prison officers work in a dangerous environment to protect the safety of inmates and fellow officers. Unfortunately, accidents can sometimes happen despite prison operational processes being in place to minimise the risk of injury.

You are entitled to claim for an injury arising from any number of scenarios. The most common claims that we have handled include:

  • Slips and trips as a result of damaged or badly maintained flooring, or a wet and slippery floor caused by spillages
  • Muscular and/or back injuries - including spinal injuries - as a result of manual handling errors or a lack of training
  • Injuries caused by breaking up fights between inmates, controlling prison riots, restraining inmates and assault

Our highly skilled team of personal injury solicitors can advise you throughout the claims process, treating you with the utmost respect and sensitivity. We understand the distress you are likely to have endured and will endeavour to make the legal process as stress-free as possible for you.

Suffering an injury following an accident at work can be upsetting and traumatic. It can also put you at a disadvantage in the labour market, either temporarily or permanently. Claiming compensation will allow you to seek redress from those who are responsible for causing your injury, and the money you receive can be used to support you and your family if you have been left unable to work.

JMW Solicitors operates on a no win, no fee basis, meaning that if your case is unsuccessful, you will not need to pay for legal costs.

How Much Compensation Can Prison Officers Claim?

The compensation that will be available to you will depend on the type of injuries you’ve sustained and may include provisions for any financial losses you incur. This might include lost earnings if you need time off work following the incident to recover.

The figures below provide a rough guide of how much you might be able to claim for an injury in a factory, based on the Judicial College Injury Tables. For a more accurate calculation of how much you could be able to claim, based on the specifics of your case, get in touch with the team today. We can give you a precise estimate that takes into account all of the details about your injury and circumstances.

Cuts or abrasions causing scarring£1,500 - £15,000
Shoulder injuriesUp to £6,290 - £38,280
Knee injuries£13,000 - £76,690
Hand fractures£27,220 - £58,100
Foot injuriesUp to £10,960 - £87,410
Severe back injury with spinal cord damage£72,260 - £128,320
Serious back injury causing significant permanent damage£59,120 - £70,490
Back injury causing chronic permanent symptoms£30,910 - £55,590
Back injury causing serious permanent symptoms£22,130 - £30,910
Back injury causing permanent symptoms£9,970 - £22,130
Back injury recovering in two-five years£6,290 - £9,970
Back injury recovering in up to two years£1,950 - £6,290

A financial reward will compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries, and will also help to support you while you are recovering. Compensation can cover the cost of unexpected medical bills, rehabilitation and any required care from family and friends. In addition, compensation will cover any time you have taken off work due to your injury.


How much is your prison officer compensation claim worth?

HM Prison Services’ Duty of Care

HM Prison Service has a duty to provide prison officers with a safe working environment. Should this duty not be met, the risk of injury can be heightened. If this happens and you are hurt, you may be in a position to make a compensation claim.

In spite of a zero tolerance to violence policy, assaults by inmates on prison officers can still occur as they are usually incidents that cannot be foreseen or prevented by employers. In cases involving assault, it is often necessary to show that the employer failed to keep you safe during an assault by providing the following:

  • The inmate has a history of violence that the employer was unaware of
  • The employer did not carry out an adequate risk assessment
  • The employer did not implement the risk assessment

Claiming compensation in these cases can be difficult as the regulations associated with assault involving third parties are limited. This is why it is so important to seek legal advice from a specialist solicitor if you have been injured by a prison inmate.

Talk to Us

If you are a prison officer who has suffered an injury that was sustained in the workplace, JMW Solicitors can help you to claim the compensation you deserve. Contact us by calling 0345 872 6666 or complete an online enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time that is suitable for you.

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