January 31, 2019
(CMR) Fitzroy Talbert, a RCIPS police constable has sued the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service for negligence after he sustained serious injuries whilst on duty.
The lawsuit filed in mid-January alleges that after responding to a call on March 22, 2013 the officer sustained severe injuries at an incident at the Pirate's Cove Bar in East End.
In the Statement of Claim the plaintiff lays out in details his case against the RCIPS indicated that he was sent with another officer to the scene of an incident without proper protective headgear. The officer was subsequently struck by a rock thrown at his head by an unidentified individual. The rock immediately fractured his skull and caused him to lose consciousness.
As a result of this attack he had to have a portion of his skull and skull fragments that had “gone underneath the brain tissue” removed. He has since undergone “extensive medical and rehabilitative treatment” since the incident.
The damages he claims appear to be significant and include not being able to speak and walk for the first 12 months after the incident, seizures, extreme daily headaches, loss of strength in right hand, heaviness in right leg, daily dizzy spells, blackouts, facial muscle spasms, slowed speech, memory loss, depression, loss of appetite, insomnia, high blood pressure, shortened concentration span, intermittent hemorrhaging and deterioration in eyesight.
The officer is suing for negligence stating that they should have been provided with protective headgear in addition to the bullet proof vest they were issued. He further alleges that the RCIPS failed to conduct a risk assessment prior to dispatching the officers to the location.
He's suing for pain and suffering, loss wages, medical treatment costs and future loss of earnings.
No one was ever arrested in relation to the assault.