Where there’s blame……

We are now more in the culture of ‘where there’s blame there’s a claim’. I read with interest of a Norfolk Police officer suing a garage owner after tripping on a kerb after responding to a call.
PC Kelly Jones, a police officer for Norfolk Police, is now seeking compensation as the garage failed to ensure she was ‘reasonably safe’ with no lighting or warning about the step, as a result she tripped and hurt her leg and wrist when responding to a possible break in.

Everyone is entitled to sue for compensation for injuries sustained, but is it applicable when we are on duty? Should it be eligible to all?

The garage owner believes that the kerb was visible and couldn’t have made it any safer and is shocked at the claim being made against him.

Here’s the quandary. If you are injured whilst on duty having tripped or fallen is the question of the risk we take or should be have the right to sue? This opens up a big can of worms.

Police are put at risk every day with the job that we do and officer safety is paramount, however, the public are going to feel reluctant in calling us if they believe that they could get sued.

What’s going to happen if we check a property and trip over a fence or pavement chasing a suspect- sue the landowner or the council?

The chairman of Norfolk Police Federation said “All members of the public, regardless of what profession, can claim litigation against people and against private firms – that’s why everyone has insurance.

“It’s not common, I appreciate that, but the claim has come in and we’ve honoured the officer’s wishes by putting it through to the solicitor.”

Norfolk Police weren’t aware of the claim but state “We have a duty of care to any officer injured whilst on duty, to support their continued health and well-being and fitness to return to work.

“Officers can, in addition, receive further support from their staff association, as well as pursuing private treatment.”

So what do we think? Should we sue for injuries sustained or should we take it on the chin and put it down to part of the job we do? Whatever the answer it is now headline news and is going to make some people think twice.

Interestingly enough this is now on the Norfolk Police website with the CC not supporting the claim.


4 Responses to “Where there’s blame……”
  1. R/T says:

    It does, on first look, seem a bit daft but . . the other side is what if one of us suffers an injury that means we’re on half pay after 6 months and sacked 6 months later? Treat each case as it comes, I guess.

  2. SadButMadLad says:

    If it was dark then it’s the personal responsibility of the officer to get their torch out to look for hazards. They could be anywhere from branches in the face to kerbs. It’s not the responsibility of the owner to ensure that lights are on on every square inch of his property so that no one get injured.

  3. wayne symonds says:

    I begs the question where was her torch, the one that is issued to all Norfolk officers with batteries ????

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