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Flea-bitten West Midlands Police officer gets £12k payout

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A police officer was awarded more than £12,000 in damages after being bitten by fleas at work, a Freedom of Information request revealed.The payout, which also cost £4,185 in legal fees, was one of 14 claims settled by West Midlands Police in 2016/17 at a total cost of £61,131.30.The officer was bitten in an office space at a police station.The force said it has liability insurance which covers compensation claims made as a result of injury.See more stories from across Birmingham and the Black Country hereThe request revealed the officer received £12,127 in damages while the case cost a further £4,185 in legal fees. There were five other payouts in excess of £5,000, the request showed.Of the other personal injury payouts, there were two for falls at work and two for what is described as “manual handling”.Medical evidenceAnother constable was handed £7,274 in damages for defective equipment used while at work.In a statement West Midlands Police said: “A police officer received a settlement after receiving a flea bite at work that resulted in emergency surgery. “Compensation payouts are only made following the assessment of appropriate medical evidence by insurers and solicitors who then make a recommendation to the force as to what the pay-out should be.”The force does have liability insurance in place which operates in respect of compensation claims made as a result of injury.”
Source: Warwickshire