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Nineteen Police Workers Sue after Injuries on Duty

Nineteen police officers and workers have sued after suffering injury whilst on duty for Lothian and Borders Police.

The Scotsman reports that these nineteen claims were made against the force during the last three years. Seven of the cases were instigated by police officers or special constables after they had been injured during the course of their duties.

The other twelve claims are reported to have been made by police support staff, who have been injured at accidents at work.

The accidents that resulted in the nineteen cases are said to be varied and diverse. The injuries suffered are thought to have been caused by such instances as being bitten by a police dog, and being injured by defective furniture.

So far, six of the cases have been settled, with compensation being paid to those involved. These six payouts total £11,600. The other 13 cases are thought to be ongoing.

The paper also claims that the number of police officers injured on duty has risen by a staggering 20% during the last yearly reporting period between April 2011 and March 2012. In total, 572 officers suffered injuries during this period.

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