Disclosure Details

Compensation claims - 438/13

Dated: 01 Jul 2013

Date of request:     03/06/2013

Date of response:   28/06/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 3 June 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

Please could you tell me how much your police force has paid out in compensation for injuries to its employees? This includes everyone employed by your police force, including police officers and civilian employees.

Please could you provide me with the following details for 2012:

  1. How many claims for compensation were made to your police force.

  2. How much was paid out for each claim by your police force. 

  3. What claims have not yet been settled. 

  4. The date each claim was made. 

  5. The reason the claim was made, i.e. what injury was suffered. 

  6. The total amount paid out by your police force 

  7. How many compensation claims were refused by your police force, and the reasons for doing so - in other words, how many claims did you police decide not to pay compensation for, and why.

To clarify at point 2)  I mean the amount that was paid in relation to claims received within the specified year - in other words, how much money was paid out on claims made in the year XXXX, for example, even it if it was paid out the following year.

Also at point 2)  I am asking for the amount paid for each individual claim.

At point 3) I mean for claims that are still pending, and have therefore not yet been settled.

Also at point 3) Please could you provide me both with the number of claims, and what those claims involved (date, reason for claim).

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Legal Department  of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

The located information has been disclosed to you in a way that avoids the use of relevant exemptions to withhold.

  1. 14 Employers Liability civil claims were received by the Civil Claims Section of the Legal Department in 2012. 

  2. 2 were settled at a cost of £1,600 and £1,900 respectively 

  3. 10 Employers Liability civil claims are still live 

  4. 23/1/12
    7/3/12 (x 2)

  5. The 14 Employers Liability civil claims received comprised of:-

    3 Injury to Knee
    2 Injury to Hand
    2 Injury to Back
    1 Injury to Face
    1 Injury to Ankle
    1 Fracture to Humerus
    2 Soft Tissue Injuries
    1 Deafness
    1 Lack of Personal Protective Equipment

  6. 2 were settled at a cost of £1,600 and £1,900 respectively

  7. Liability on 2 Employers Liability civil claims was denied and claims were not pursued.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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