Sunday, April 7, 2013

British police make £20 million from personal injury claims

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The officers are using “ambulance chasing” lawyers to sue over accidents which happen whilst they are on duty – including falls and animal attacks.
Crime scene, scene of a crime, criminal, road rage, police tape, police, forensicsThere is even a hotline run by the Police Federation which is encouraging the practice. A lot of the £42million paid out in the last two years has been taxpayer funded.
The revelations come as public anger grows over the case of PC Kelly Jones, who is seeking damages from petrol station owner Steve Jones after reportedly tripping on a curb whilst attending a suspected break-in.
Mr Jones and the officer were checking the outside of the building after an alarm had gone off, when PC Jones is alleged to have fallen and injured herself.
Mr Jones has now received a letter from her solicitor claiming he is at fault after she suffered an injury to her leg and wrist and attended hospital, although she had been well enough to continue searching.
Mr Jones, 50, said he was "dismayed" to have received the letter seven months after the incident on August 25 last year.
Now that the 'cat's out of the bag', the British fire fighters and ambulance crew and maybe lots of others willbe  making similar claims - if they haven't done so already.

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