According to recent reports, the number of prison officers assaulted and injured at work in the UK, either by prisoners or co-workers, is surprisingly high. If you belong to the category of ‘prison officer assaulted at work’, it is completely normal to ask the question: “Can I claim as a prison officer?”
Assault in the workplace
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, employers have a duty of care to ensure that the necessary steps are taken in order to minimise their employees’ risks of being assaulted in the workplace. Before a series of changes to the law which made claiming for assault in the workplace much easier, victims used to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Now, victims can choose to claim through the same authority or through a specialist injury solicitor with extensive experience in protecting the legal rights of his or her clients.
Who will pay compensation?
If you have been assaulted at work whilst doing your duty as a prison officer, you may be able to hold your employer, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, responsible for the incident in which you have been injured. You can file your compensation claim against HM Prison Service, especially if your employer has failed to protect you from unnecessary and foreseeable risks. In this case, your claim will be handled similarly to any other claim relating to workplace accidents.
If HM Prison Service cannot be held responsible for the attack, you can still pursue a claim against the CICA. You can file the claim yourself, or approach an expert personal injury solicitor. The second alternative is typically recommended in cases where workers have sustained serious injuries, such as brain injuries, paralysis, or blindness, especially because an expert solicitor can help victims maximise the settlement.
Compensation amounts for assault at work claims
Assaults can be both physically and psychologically damaging. At Accident Advice Helpline, we usually see claims made for fractures, head injuries, scarring, bruising and psychological harm. Since victims of assaults are hurt in different ways, the compensation awards for assault compensation claims can vary greatly.
If you wonder how much you can claim for your injury, you should know that most people receive from several hundreds to thousands of pounds, depending on the severity of the injury. For instance, for damage to teeth, you may be awarded between £800 and £30,000. Usually, compensation is higher if teeth are irreversibly damaged. For a more accurate estimation, please get in touch with our legal experts.
Our personal injury specialists are able not only to offer you a comprehensive answer to the question, “Can I claim as a prison officer?” but will also explain the law regarding assaults at work. This area of the law is quite complicated, so it is worth speaking to one of our personal injury solicitors about the details of your case.
Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers have an outstanding record of success. Moreover, we offer all our clients a no win, no fee* service. This means that you have nothing to lose, but everything to gain if you decide to make your claim with us. Get in touch now on 0800 689 0500.