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Violence at Work Compensation Claims

Statistically speaking it is rare to suffer violence in the workplace but unfortunately, people do suffer from assaults and attacks by others while at work.

These types of claims are often traumatic experiences that can involve severe physical and emotional injuries, impacting hugely on lives.

Details of the type of workplaces that are most at risk for violent incidents at work are listed by the Health and Safety Executive. Those who work in the service industry, education, the care profession, those acting in authority, security workers, collection and delivery companies are all deemed most at risk.

An assault could mean you have been attacked by a fellow worker, a supervisor or a customer/client. In some cases, this could mean that your employer has failed to provide a safe working environment.

What responsibilities does my employer have?

All employers have a duty to protect employees on all levels including potential violence at work. The Health and Safety Executive defines workplace violence as: “any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances related to their work.”

All employers must take appropriate and logical steps to avoid any violent incidents occurring. Possible steps could include:

  • Staff training
  • Risk assessments
  • Safety checks regarding equipment
  • Working environment risk assessments
  • Providing protective equipment
  • Ensuring there are enough staff on duty if required

Making your violence at work compensation claim

All successful personal injury claims must be able to demonstrate that another party was to blame and there was a breach of a duty of care that caused your injury.

Jefferies Solicitors understands that beginning a violence at work compensation claim can seem daunting. We understand the difficult circumstances surrounding a claim of this kind and will offer advice and support where needed. Please call us on 0800 342 3206 to discuss your case in more detail. Alternatively, you can contact us online.