High Court ruling on disability retirements and injury pensions

The High Court has ruled that police officers retired due to disability should not have to be reassessed by a doctor in order to qualify for an injury pension. This follows a challenge by former Cheshire Constabulary officer Mark Evans, who retired in receipt of a disability pension but was later refused an additional injury pension, following a medical assessment arranged by his ex-employer.

The ruling established the principle that officers retired through permanent disablement should not be subject to later medical challenges in respect of their entitlement to a pension.

Futher reading:

Police Oracle article (registration required)
Injury On Duty Pensioners Association article
Analysis by David Lock QC (LinkedIn)
High Court decision (British & Irish Legal Information Institute)

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