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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

    Claiming compensation for a pupil-teacher assault


    With the number of assaults against teachers in schools on the rise, it can be a worrying time to be a teacher at a primary or secondary school in the UK. Our teachers should not have to worry about the threat of violence every time they go into work. They have the right to carry out their jobs and not be assaulted, just as any employee does, and it is their employer’s duty to provide a safe environment for them to work in.

    If the school you work for has not taken steps to keep you safe – for example, if a pupil has not been suspended after a previous attack and you have been the victim of an assault, then it may be worth considering claiming compensation for a pupil-teacher assault. Maybe you have been seriously injured and are now unable to return to your teaching job, or perhaps you will need time off work and medical treatment to recover from your injuries? By claiming compensation for a pupil-teacher assault you could receive a settlement which will cover your loss of earnings and any medical expenses too.

    How to make a claim

    It is important to move quite quickly if you are thinking about making a claim. There is usually a three year time limit in place, so contacting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your assault is a good idea. They will want to establish the facts surrounding your assault and speak to the school about what happened, before deciding if you have a viable claim. It is then a case of waiting to see if the school admits liability for your assault. If they do not, you may have to go to court, or the claims process could take longer. The amount of compensation you will receive usually takes into account the severity of your injuries, any medical expenses incurred and loss of earnings.

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline

    With 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, we are here to make sure our customers get the compensation they deserve, and we believe there is no excuse for anyone to be assaulted at work. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and speak to one of our professional personal injury lawyers for confidential, no-obligation advice. We have the knowledge and expertise to handle your claim and get you the best possible settlement, and we come highly recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion and TV personality, Esther Rantzen. Call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to see how we can help you.

    Date Published: December 6, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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