Working as a social worker can be a stressful and dangerous job, but provided your employer takes steps to keep you safe at work, many of the risks, such as assault, can be minimised. Whether you work with children or adults, you’re dealing with members of the public, often at difficult times in their lives, so you may have to deal with unpredictable events or situations that could put you at risk. If you’ve been injured at work and believe that your employer has not done all they could to protect you, claiming social worker injury compensation could be an option that’s open to you. Claim with Accident Advice Helpline and you won’t even need to worry about upfront legal fees, as our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis.
How have you been injured?
Social worker accidents could include any of the following:
- Assaulted by a member of the public, for example hit, shoved or pushed down a flight of stairs
- Injured in a road traffic accident whilst driving to an appointment
- Hit by a car whilst crossing the road at work
- Slip, trip or fall at the office or at a client’s house
- Electric shock from faulty office equipment such as a printer or photocopiers
Your employer must take steps to protect you at work, particularly in the case of the risk of assault. Risk assessments should be carried out before social workers visit client’s homes and if there is a high risk to the social workers, appointments should be carried out with a colleague. Putting staff at risk could amount to employer negligence, and if you have been assaulted at work, claiming social worker injury compensation is a possibility.
How much compensation could you receive?
Whilst it’s impossible to say exactly how much compensation you could receive, if you have suffered broken bones and facial injuries after an assault, you’re likely to receive a larger settlement than a colleague who sprained their ankle after slipping on a wet floor. We take into account not only the severity of your injuries but also their impact on you in the future, both mentally and physically, as well as any loss of earnings you have suffered due to time off work. You could find out how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking the 30-second test on our website, then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about the claims process and see if you’re eligible.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton