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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

    Compensation for assault at work

    Compensation for assault at work

    If your employer has failed to protect you or exposed you to risk which has led to an assault at work, you could be eligible to claim for personal injury compensation. The claims process is similar to other claims for accidents at work and a specialist personal injury lawyer will be able to guide you through the process. But how do you know if your employer is responsible?

    When your employer is liable

    It’s your employer’s duty to keep you safe at work, as far as is possible and the below are examples of when an employer could be held responsible for attacks or assaults on staff.

    • Lone working – if you’re working alone of short staffed, you could be more vulnerable to assault or attack, particularly if you work in a role such as a prison officer or security guard
    • Poor training – if you work in a role where you may encounter difficult or violent people, you should receive training. PPE should also be provided and safety equipment such as panic alarms should be checked and well maintained
    • Ignoring background checks – if another member of staff or client has a violent background that your employer is aware of, but they decide to take no action on this, then they could be held liable if a member of staff is assaulted or attacked

    Claiming for compensation

    The first step to take if you have been assaulted at work is to call Accident Advice Helpline. With many years of experience in the personal injury claims industry, we are here to offer advice and answer any questions you might have about the claims process. Whether you have suffered serious injury and needed time off work to recover or are experiencing anxiety and panic attacks after your assault, we can help. We’re backed by our patron, Esther Rantzen, so you know you can trust us to listen to you and offer the best advice possible.

    It’s unlikely you will need to go to court

    We can normally process your claim in full over the phone, so you don’t even need to worry about attending court and if you’re worried about paying upfront fees, don’t – our 100% no win, no fee* service means you don’t pay a penny unless your claim is successful. A quick call to our freephone helpline will help you to find out more about the personal injury claims process and it’s free to call; we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you’re eligible to claim.

    Date Published: February 23, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.