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Policeman wins £9,000 for pothole fall

Posted in: Public Place Accidents Workplace Injuries Workplace Slip 

A policeman has been awarded £9,000 in compensation after tripping on a pothole in a station car park in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The Sussex officer, who remains unnamed, is one of many who have claimed compensation from the force for a work-related injury. This follows a Freedom of Information request which found police officers to be claiming thousands of pounds in compensation for minor injuries every year. The officer injured her ankle after tripping in February 2011, and was awarded compensation through an out-of-court settlement.

Other pending cases include an officer who slipped on ice while heading towards his car in a station car park, while another officer is suing after falling on a wet floor in Crawley’s custody suite in March 2011. Even though there was a ‘wet floor’ sign in place at the time of the accident, the Freedom of Information request found that the officer is claiming for a twisted knee.

‘Reserve values have been agreed’

In total, the force has paid out £21,088 in out-of-court settlements between January 2011 and December 2013. Numerous cases are still open, yet many of the ‘reserve values’ have been agreed. Three of these values are set at £100,000.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Where liability exists, compensation is paid to minimise the impact of the personal injury and feedback is given to ensure that any lessons that can be learnt.

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