A former police officer who suffered injuries as a result of apprehending a criminal in Birmingham city centre is now arranging to sue his former force for compensation. He is not alone in his plight, hundreds of individuals are hurt whilst at work every single year.
Richard Gardner worked as a police officer for 12 years just before the fateful incident took spot. As a direct outcome of the struggle he suffered back difficulties and knee difficulties. The incident occurred when was attempting to arrest a criminal in the city centre.
He needed a number of operations to his knees right after the struggle and had to miss numerous months of function due to recovery. As a result of the incident he has been left with permanently weaker knees and unable to perform duties the way he employed to just before it happened.
Mr Gardner has maintained that he made a number of attempts to return to his post but that his employers did not make allowances for his injuries and the permanent damage he had endured. Due to his employers lack of flexibility with the scenario Mr Gardner was left unable to work and consequently forced to resign from his part.
Mr Gardener has said that he, ‘was accused of not telling the truth about my injuries and attempts were created to get me back to function despite the fact that I was entirely unfit, I believe there was a manipulation by the police and the medical approach in assessing my situation.’
Mr Gardner had suggested a compromise- that he performed lighter duties or had his functioning hours decreased but neither of these possibilities have been taken up. Instead he was supplied no assist with his predicament and felt neglected by his former employers.
The police force Mr Gardener utilized to work for are now disputing his claim for compensation. The case continues.