When most people think about accidents at work they tend to automatically picture someone falling off a ladder, or slipping on an unmarked wet floor, or even hurting their back lifting something they shouldn’t, or haven’t been trained to do safely.
Of course, these are all fairly common examples of the types of accidents that occur at work, but there are also occasions when employees are injured performing their day-to-day work based tasks as a result of assault.
If you have been assaulted whilst at work, and have suffered injuries as a result of this, then you may be entitled to make a compensation claim in Waddingham.
Assaults at work
Some of us work in environments that inherently bring some element of risk to them, for example, in the Police Force, within the prison service, sometimes even medical staff are threatened either verbally or physically. If there is any opportunity for you to be face to face with a member of the public who is likely to be frustrated or irate, then there is always the possibility of being assaulted.
In order to be eligible to make a compensation claim in Waddingham you need to be able to establish that the incident or assault which resulted in your injuries was actually your employer’s fault. Not that they were the direct cause of the assault (although in some instances this can indeed be the case!) but that because of their negligence, or some failure on their part, actions or steps were not taken that should have been to ensure your safety.
Incidents of where an employer might be held accountable and responsible and therefore liable in your compensation claim in Waddingham include:
- Staff shortages – if due to staff shortages you have been forced to work alone and this left you vulnerable to attack, your employer would be liable.
- Failure to supply personal protective equipment – if you work in a profession or environment where it is generally accepted that you may be at risk of assault, then your employer has a duty of care to ensure you are safely guarded against this or at least appropriately prepared for it. Consequently you should be supplied with personal protective equipment where necessary, and if you are not, then your employer would be liable if you were assaulted and sustained injuries.
- Ignoring warning signs – if an employer has ignored or chosen not to act on the previous behaviour of a client, customer or service user, and this person goes on to assault you and leave you injured, then your employer would be liable as they failed to take the necessary steps to protect you from this known and dangerous individual.
How to make a compensation claim in Waddingham
If you want to find out more about making a compensation claim in Waddingham contact Accident Advice Helpline today.
We are a law firm with over 13 years’ experience in dealing with compensation claims and, as Esther Rantzen knows, you can trust us to look after you and help you with the financial compensation that you deserve.
Date Published: 3rd September 2013
Author: David Brown