UNLAWFUL ARRESTS AND DETENTION
If you have been arrested for something you did not do, or arrested and detained in a wrongful manner and on unlawful grounds, then you may have sufficient reason to submit a wrongful arrest claim against the South African Police Service (SAPS), or other law enforcement agency, if relevant.The South African law and the constitution places the rights of its citizens above all else.
People have the perception that police officers are above the law and cannot be held accountable for their wrongful actions. However, the reality is totally the opposite and nobody is indeed above the law.Police officers and any other law enforcement agency are compelled to uphold and respect the law and may also be held accountable for their actions.
In cases where unlawful and wrongful arrest or detention results in any injury or harm to the self (physically or psychologically), our dedicated and experienced litigation attorneys are able to assist you to institute compensation claims against the police or other law enforcement agencies, where relevant.
Claiming compensation from the police when they act outside of the law is an important civil right which must be protected.
Actions against the police are civil claims for damages, primarily based in the law of delict.
Similar actions can be instituted against other bodies, not just the police. For example, misconduct by prison officers, security staff and other law enforcement agencies.
You have the right to claim damages and receive monetary compensation for:
- past and future loss of earnings,
- past and future medical and hospital expenses;
- past and future loss of income;
- general damages for impairment of your dignity, loss of freedom and pain and suffering; and
- loss of support.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU:
If you have been harmed or injured either physically or psychologically as a result of the actions or negligence of the police, then you could be entitled to monetary compensation.
Our attorneys have the expertise and specialised knowledge needed to assist you with your claim.
As an added advantage to our clients, we can act on a “no win, no pay” basis.
We ensure that your claim is thoroughly investigated and we will also help you to obtain all necessary documents needed for your claim, such as medical records and witness statements.