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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most dangerous careers: Bodyguard

    Many lines of profession pose an element of danger and come with a risk of the employee being injured due to accidents at work. From RSIs sustained at the office, to industrial machine accidents or high-level falls in farming, the scope of possible incidents is enormous.

    Accidents at work: the bodyguard

    When considering protection as a line of work, the risks surrounding the career are somewhat different to that of other roles. Bodyguarding is a profession that, as a primary purpose, offers the protection of one individual by another. The very fact that a bodyguard has been employed, often suggests an assumed degree of risk.

    A bodyguard’s position involves protecting their client at all costs. This includes general day-to-day duties, but also at times when violence is threatened, the bodyguard must step in and become a physical defence for their client.

    Getting protected

    When working in an industry such as this, it is important that you work through a reputable agency that will be insured should you come to any harm. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure your safety at work, and so joining an agency provides any self-employed bodyguards with an additional element of protection.

    In the case where a bodyguard does become injured at work, it may be possible to claim personal injury compensation against the person who is believed to be responsible for the injury.

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    Types of work-related bodyguarding injuries

    As you may imagine, many bodyguarding injuries involve violence. It may be that a bodyguard is caught in an altercation and is badly beaten and bruised or it could be more severe, such as wounds from knives or gunshot. Less drastically, a bodyguard could suffer strains from performing defence.

    How to claim compensation

    If you have suffered harm due to an accident at work, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.

    So long as the incident occurred in the last three years and you can prove that you are not liable and have suffered harm because of the incident, there is a good chance that your case will be successful.

    Taking things forward

    Accident Advice Helpline offer a free 24/7 advice line for victims of personal injury, whatever your profession, on 0800 689 0500. If you have been injured at work, do speak with the legal team today to allow the law firm to get to grips with your individual circumstance and advise if your claim is likely to be successful.

    Date Published: February 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown


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