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Prison Officer Compensation Claims
If HM Prison Service fails in its duty to protect you while at work and you suffer an injury as a result, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
The expert solicitors at JMW are well positioned to assist prison officers who wish to make such a claim. We can provide expert guidance to give you the very best chance of securing a successful outcome to compensation for the pain and suffering caused.
Speak to one of our experts today by calling us on 0800 054 6570. 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 explain the next steps.
About Prison Officer Compensation Claims
Prison officers work hard every day in a harsh environment to protect the safety of inmates and fellow officers. Unfortunately, despite prison operational processes being in place to minimise the risk of injury, accidents can sometimes happen. 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 due to spillage.
- Muscular and/or back injuries - including spinal injuries - as a result of manual handling errors.
- Injuries caused by breaking up inmate fights, controlling prison riots, restraining inmates and assault.
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 as a consequence, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation.
In spite of a zero tolerance to violence policy, assaults by inmates 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 proving 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. That’s why it is important to seek legal advice if you have been injured in an assault by a prison inmate.
Why Should I Make a Claim for Compensation
Suffering an injury can be upsetting and traumatic. It can also put you at a disadvantage on the labour market, either temporarily or permanently. Claiming compensation allows you to seek redress from those responsible for causing your injury, and the money you receive can go towards supporting you and your family if left unable to work.
It can also help to pay for medical care needed as a result of your injury, and other out-of-pocket expenses you may have suffered.
How JMW Can Help
Our skilled team of personal injury specialists can advise you throughout your claim and will treat you with respect and sensitivity. We operate on a no win, no fee basis, meaning that if your case is unsuccessful, you will not need to pay for legal costs.
We are highly experienced in all kinds of personal injury cases and will advise you on the best path to take in order to maximise your compensation.