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Assaulted at Work

Introduction to Assaults at Work
  About Assaults in the Workplace
Who would pay Assault at Work Compensation?
  Who settles Assault at Work Compensation Claim?
When can an employer be held responsible for an attack or assault?
  Is my employer responsible for Assault at Work?
News Stories we have published about Assault at Work Claims
  Assault at Work Personal Injury Claims we have dealt with
Assault at Work Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start a claim if you are the victim of an Assault at Work

Introduction to Assaults at Work

About Assaults in the Workplace

Whilst at work, we all expect and deserve to be kept safe from dangers and hazards and to return home each day unharmed.

The law imposes duties on employers to protect their workers from injury and this includes not only accidents at work but also, in certain circumstances deliberate acts of violence such as an attack or assault in the workplace.

If you have been attacked at work or assaulted at work, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.  To discuss your case with no obligation, call us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Who would pay Assault at Work Compensation?

Who settles Assault at Work Compensation Claim?

If you have been exposed to an unnecessary and foreseeable risk of personal injury by your employer or they failed to protect you properly, which led to the assault or attack, then you may be able to hold your employer responsible and make a claim for compensation against your employer's insurance policy.

In cases like this, the personal injury claim is made in a similar way to other workplace accident claims which Thompsons Solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with.

If the assault was not your employer's fault in any way or if you have been assaulted outside of work, you should visit our CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) page for more advice.

To discuss any type of personal injury claim you are thinking of making, you can reach us on 08000 224 224 or via one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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When can an employer be held responsible for an attack or assault?

Is my employer responsible for Assault at Work?

There are many different circumstances where an employer might be held responsible for one of their employees suffering an injury from an assault or attack.  A few of the most common are shown below as examples.

Working alone or understaffed

Members of staff who are left to work alone or in a short-staffed environment can be particularly vulnerable to attacks or assaults.  Security guards, prison officers and carers for people with challenging behaviour can be at particular risk from this kind of situation.

Ignoring previous violent behaviour

If an employer is aware that a certain person (another member of staff, patient or client) has committed violent acts in the past (or could have easily found out) but takes no action and that person assaults a member of staff, then the employer may be able to be held liable.  Similarly if a place of work has been subject to a series of robberies in the past but no extra security measures are taken and a member of staff is injured in a subsequent robbery then the employer may be held responsible.

Lack of Training or PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

When working in a profession where you are likely to encounter angry, violent or difficult clients or customers, it is important that you receive training on how to diffuse potentially dangerous situations.  As a last resort, PPE should be provided to try and prevent or limit the seriousness of the injury.  It is important that all safety equipment such as panic alarms etc are in full working order.

If you have been injured after an assault at work you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  To discuss your case with no obligation, call us on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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News Stories we have published about Assault at Work Claims

Assault at Work Personal Injury Claims we have dealt with

Below, you will find links to news stories we have published on our website with the kind permission of our clients who were all assaulted or attacked during the course of their work.

These are personal injury claims Thompsons Solicitors have successfully dealt with where compensation has been recovered from the injured person's employer.

21st May 2014 - UNISON member compensated after unprovoked violent attack

25th April 2014 - Prison Officer secures significant compensation after violent assault

1st May 2013 - Unite Legal Services support paramedic assaulted while on call

22nd April 2013 - Care worker compensated after repeated assaults in the workplace

13th November 2012 - Prison officer attacked by inmate awarded compensation by courts

29th December 2011 - Nurse’s eight year battle finally pays off

17th September 2010 - Prison officer charged by inmate wins compensation

16th March 2010 - Airport security worker compensated after assault

18th December 2009 - Brave pensioner injured by hooded robbers

20th August 2009 - Broken alarms and staff shortages led to violent attack on Nurse

20th January 2009 - Compensation for security guard attacked in the workplace

26th March 2008 - Death threat kitchen assistant awarded compensation

13th February 2008 - Care worker sprayed with ‘Mr Muscle’ wins compensation

14th November 2007 - Care worker attacked by resident secures compensation from Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

5th October 2007 - Healthcare assistant secures nearly £5,000 compensation following the negligence of Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust

8th August 2007 - Staff nurse at Broadmoor Hospital secures £21,500 compensation

4th June 2007 - Child care worker awarded damages after Council failed to protect staff from attack

17th August 2006 - Compensation for Carer who was Assaulted at Work

If you would like to discuss your individual case in more detail and find out if it is something we can help you with, you can reach us on 08000 224 224 or by completing one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Assault at Work Compensation Claim Advice

How to start a claim if you are the victim of an Assault at Work

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all matters relating to claims for assaults at work. We will be happy to advise you as to whether or not you have a valid personal injury compensation claim and will talk you through the entire process in plain English.

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

For more information, help or advice about making a claim after an assault at work, telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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