Over the last 3 years, Welsh police forces have paid out £280,000 in personal injury compensation to employees after personal injury at work claims were made against them.
A total of 93 personal injury claims were made against the four Welsh police forces. Dyfed-Powys Police paid out the most compensation – £94,000, whilst the police force in Gwent paid the least – just £49,000.
11 of the claims were brought by police employees who slipped, tripped or fell at work, three cited workplace stress and one employee’s claim related to something that fell from a cupboard. 36 claims were made against South Wales Police and although the Dyfed-Powys force paid out the most in compensation, it had the least number of claims brought against it at 17.
According to the HSE, more than 30,000 workers suffer a personal injury at work due to falls, slips and trips every year.
Meanwhile personal injury solicitors have been kept busy with people enquiring whether they can lodge a personal injury claim for a snow-related accident. One Accident and Emergency department has reported a threefold increase in the number of personal injuries caused by falls on icy pavements.
One personal injury lawyer pointed out that there are several complications with snow-related incidents and people must employ common sense to ensure their own safety and the safety of others. It is not always clear where the blame lies and therefore victims should contact a professional for advice before submitting a claim.