Unfortunately, prison assaults and injuries are on the rise. Last year, there were 34,425 assaults in prisons, an increase of 11% from the previous year. Whether you are an inmate, a member of staff, a contractor, or a visitor to a prison, Her Majesty’s Prison Service has a legal duty to protect your health and safety. Blue Cross Helpline partner with the UK’s top personal injury Solicitors who have the experience and expertise to bring a successful compensation claim if you have suffered a serious injury in a prison which was not your fault.
Slip, Trip or Fall
Slips, trips and falls are among the most common type of accident, in many cases leading to serious injury. Slips, trips, and falls in prisons may occur for many reasons, including:
- Slippery, unsafe or loose floor surfaces
- Steps not clearly marked
- Poor lighting
- Spills which are not cleared or cordoned off (e.g. in prison walkways, kitchens)
- Absent or loose railings
In some cases, injuries sustained in a slip, trip, or fall in prison may have long-term or even permanent consequences for the victim’s health (both physical and psychological). Slips, trips, and falls can lead to serious head/brain injuries, deep lacerations, broken bones, and damaged joints. Patients may require long periods of medical treatment and ongoing rehabilitation to regain their health. Blue Cross Helpline partner with expert Solicitors who specialise in helping those involved in serious accidents in prisons to claim compensation. This includes recouping any costs incurred, lost earnings, future medical and care costs, and reimbursement for the pain and suffering caused.
Accident in cell (e.g. due to Faulty Furniture)
Each year, many prison inmates suffer serious accidents which happen in their cell due to factors outside of their control. It is common to see serious injuries in cells due to faulty furniture, poor lighting, slippery or dangerous floor surfaces, or loose or faulty fixtures (e.g. sinks and handles). The Prison Service have overall responsibility for ensuring that prisons and prison cells are safe for occupants. The limited budgets available to prisons, and the declining state of many prison buildings are adding to the number of prison cell accidents.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a prison cell which was not your fault, you have the right to claim compensation for the pain and suffering, any loss of function, and the cost of ongoing care and rehabilitation once you leave prison. The amount of compensation which will be awarded will depend on the extent of the injuries and whether you will suffer permanent damage to your health as a result.
Accidents at work (e.g. in the Prison Workshop)
As an employee in a prison, you have every right to be kept safe while you are carrying out your duties. Your employer is required by law to carry out regular checks to identify risks to health and safety, and to either remove the danger or make it as safe as possible. Workplace accidents in prisons may occur for a wide range of reasons, including:
- Slips and trips in prison kitchens
- Lack of safety devices on machinery in prison workshops
- Unsafe furniture
- Slips, trips, and falls due to unsafe floor surfaces
- Unsafe railings
- Assaults by inmates
- Lack of maintenance of prison infrastructure
- Prison vehicle accidents
At Blue Cross Helpline, we partner with expert claims Solicitors who specialise in prison-related injury claims, and will help you to secure the compensation you are owed due to an accident which was not your fault. We will put together a strong case which brings together all of the evidence necessary to show that the injuries you have suffered happened as a result of the negligence of the Prison Service.
As a result of Medical Negligence
At any time during their time in prison, inmates have the right to receive medical treatment for illness or injury. If the medical treatment provided in prison falls below the standard expected, and this leads to injury or disease, which should have been prevented, this may provide grounds for a compensation claim. Medical negligence claims in prisons may happen as a result of:
- Missed, delayed, or misdiagnosis of medical conditions
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Incorrect drug prescriptions or administration
- Treatment which was not required
- Damage caused during surgery (including wrong-site surgery)
- Poor patient care
- Poor medical treatment
- Misinterpreted x-rays or other medical images
- Risks which were not explained
The key to bringing a successful claim for medical negligence is proving that the duty of care you were owed was not met and that this led to you suffering negative health consequences. Blue Cross Helpline partner with specialist claims Solicitors who understand how to build a case which proves without doubt that you were injured due to the failure of the Prison Service, ensuring that you receive the financial compensation you need and are owed.
Physical assaults are relatively common in prisons, in some cases leading to death and serious injury. Unfortunately, assaults on staff in UK prisons are rising to record highs, with 10,311 attacks on guards and other employees last year. This represents a rise of 15% on the previous year.
Despite the possible risks in some prisons, the Prison Service has a legal duty to keep inmates, staff, and visitors safe from the potential for assault. Indeed, the Prison Service provides considerable training and guidance on how to ensure that those in our prisons are kept safe. Nevertheless, prison assaults occur due to the failure of those in positions of responsibility to spot signs of danger and act accordingly. This may include segregating an inmate who is threatening others, removing potential weapons, assessing the risk profile of inmates, not responding to an incident which then leads to an assault, or poor training and guidance being given.
Blue Cross Helpline specialise in helping those who are seriously injured in a prison assault to gain the financial compensation they are owed, including for the pain, suffering, and loss endured, medical treatment and rehabilitation costs, and loss of earnings.