Assaults in the Workplace
There are many jobs which carry the risk of being assaulted. From those who work for the emergency services to people who work in prisons, secure facilities and private hospitals or care environments.
In many cases, there is nobody to blame but the perpetrator of the violence, and in this case the criminal justice system (and consequently the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) will ensure that justice is obtained for the victim. However, in other cases where a person has been assaulted within the line of their duties there are two responsible parties: the perpetrator and the employer who failed to take enough action to minimise the risk of an assault happening.
If you have been involved in a violent incident whilst at work and the negligence of your employer either caused or contributed to that incident then you have the right to make a compensation claim Via Carlisle.
The Employers Responsibility
Whatever the nature of a job, from office work to defending the peace of a country, an employee has the right to be cared for by their employer. Not only should their employer take any and all steps to prevent and minimise harm to their employees but they should also carry out risk assessments on a regular basis to ensure that the potential for harm is kept to a minimum.
This obligation is covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act and is commonly known as a duty of care. In any job, should an employer breach their duty of care and an employee receive injuries or be involved in an accident as a result, then that employee has the legal right to make a compensation claim Via Carlisle.
Of course, in many jobs an employee will know that there is an element of risk. They will be aware that the potential for being assaulted or hurt within the line of duty is higher than that of an office worker or a telesales worker. However, the fact that the risks of their role are increased does not mean that their employer has a reduced obligation. In fact, their employer has more responsibility as they ensure that the high risks of the role are countered with adequate safety measures.
Certain actions or lack of action on the part of the employer could lead to harm, and in this event the employee would have the right to make a compensation claim Via Carlisle:
- Inadequate staffing levels meaning lack of support from colleagues
- Unsafe practices such as manual handling and restraining
- Poor security practices
- Ignoring warnings of erratic or potentially dangerous behaviour
Making a Compensation Claim Via Carlisle
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