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Personal Injury Law > Claims Against The Police

Claims Against The Police

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Most of us would agree that the Police have a very difficult job to do and without them the fabric of society would simply fall apart.

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The Police are there to maintain law and order but sometimes their actions are wrong, unlawful or even criminal. But life is not film or a TV programme and the Police are not above the Law.

It is everyone's right to make an official complaint against a Police Officer or Police Force but there are also situations where you might need to make compensation claims against the Police. Most Police Forces have budgets and insurance policies that will pay out Police abuse compensation as they recognise that from time to time Police officers will make mistakes. The Police abuse compensation solicitors at Canter Levin & Berg can step in to help by pursuing a case for you on a "no win no fee" basis.

Police abuse compensation claims can be made in a number of situations where you might have suffered physical injury or inconvenience at the hands of the Police:

  • Claims against the Police if you have been wrongly arrested.
  • Wrongful imprisonment, at a police station, a prison or any other environment in which you are detained against your will by Police officers.
  • Cases of assault, where unnecessary force has been used against you by Police Officers.
  • If your private property has been damaged or if the Police have entered your home without legal cause.
  • Compensation claims can also be made against the Crown Prosecution Service if they have pursued a criminal prosecution against you without good grounds to do so.

Settling claims against the Police

It can be daunting to bring a case against the Police, regardless of whether or not you have had previous dealings with the Police and even if you have previous convictions.

At Canter Levin & Berg our solicitors can usually tell you quickly if they believe you have a viable claim for damages. In Police abuse compensation claims, normally we will secure a decision from the Police as to whether they accept or deny that they were at fault within 6 months of starting a case. If damages are payable to you, we will guarantee that you will receive 100% of the compensation settlement with no deductions for our services, as the Police would be obliged to pay your legal bill for the claim as well.

Suing the Police in court

If the Police deny any wrongdoing and the claim cannot be settled amicably then our advice as expert compensation claims solicitors would be to issue Court Proceedings against the Police. At Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors we can issue Court Proceedings on your behalf on a no win, no fee basis. We have achieved settlements worth tens of thousands of pounds for our clients as part of the claims against the Police our solicitors have made in recent years.

In recent years our Police abuse compensation solicitors have appeared in the local press and on television commenting on cases that have particular local or even national interest.

Levels of compensation vary but typical a typical compensation figure for a claim involving a wrongful arrest or wrongful imprisonment for up to 24 hours would be up to £4,500. Claims made by people who have been wrongly prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service can reach up to £10,000.

Police abuse compensation in cases involving a physical assault will depend on the severity of the injuries you received (both mentally and physically). Extra compensation may be payable to victims of physical injuries caused by the Police for "hurt feelings". In some very serious cases, the Police's behaviour is found to have been so bad that it justifies an additional sum of compensation awarded as "punishment" to the Police.

Don’t delay your claim against the Police

When making a claim against the Police, you should be aware of the time limits that apply. In most circumstances, such as claims made for wrongful arrest or wrongful imprisonment, you have 6 years from the date the Police acted wrongly towards you to begin your claim If you have been injured by the Police however, you only have 3 years from the date you suffered the injury in which to make your claim.

Here at Canter Levin and Berg our solicitors have the experience and expertise to tell you quickly if you have a potential claim against the Police. To start your claim, call our Personal Injury solicitors now on 0151 239 1180 or complete the quick enquiry form on this web page and we'll call you back.

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