14 April 2009
Policeman gets new chance to claim compensation for car chase injuries
A policeman who was injured when a car he was pursuing collided with his has been given another chance to secure a payout.
Mark Tait was in a squad car being driven a colleague in pursuit of a stolen car.
After being blocked in, the driver of the stolen vehicle rammed and immobilised the police car.
The incident occurred in the Greater Manchester town of Wigan.
Mr Tait had taken off his seatbelt with a view to making an arrest and was thrown into the air by the force of the impact, subsequently landing on his colleague's lap and suffering injuries.
Although his claim was initially dismissed on the grounds that the stolen car driver did not intend to "deliberately" harm him, a high court judge has overruled this and a new hearing is to take place.
Mr Justice Stadlen said: "In my view the panel erred in law in concluding that the Volvo was not being used so as deliberately to inflict injury on the claimant," the BBC reports.