Unison’s annual survey of violent incidents revealed that 37,052 incidents were reported to employers in Scotland this year – that’s over 100 attacks a day. The number of people assaulted at work has risen by 3,363 over the last 12 months and by 17,000 since 2006.
Dave Watson, Scottish organiser for Unison, commented, “These statistics record reported incidents and are therefore only the tip of the iceberg of misery faced by workers across Scotland’s public services. The biggest increase in violent incidents is happening in those services that have suffered staffing cuts.”
A rise in the number of staff assaulted at work has also led to the Chairman of Unison Scotland’s Health and Safety Committee, Scott Donohoe, to call for better protection for workers. Across the UK, unions claim the government is ‘undermining protection for workers’ by making cuts to the criminal injury compensation scheme.
If you or someone you love has been assaulted by a member of the public whilst at work, your employer should take steps to ensure that this does not happen again. You may also be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
Making a claim for compensation
Being assaulted whilst carrying out your job is no laughing matter and can leave you both physically injured and mentally traumatised. If you have been assaulted at work, your ability to continue working in the role may be impacted and you may have to find a new job. Or you may have been left with physical scars or injuries which require treatment and time off work to recover. However you have been injured, physically or mentally, contacting a personal injury lawyer will allow you to explore whether claiming compensation is an option that is open to you.
Accident Advice Helpline is here for you
We believe everyone should be able to carry out their duties at work free from the threat of assault or harassment, and we’ve worked with hundreds of customers to help them claim the compensation they deserve after being assaulted at work. We treat each claim on an individual basis, so call us today to find out whether your claim is viable – we’ll usually also be able to tell you how much compensation you may receive. We realise making a claim can be a daunting prospect, but we’re here to support you every step of the way – let us start by offering you confidential, no-obligation advice and a 100% no win, no fee* service. It’s free to call our 24/7 helpline and we’re waiting to take your call.
Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown