Compensation for Assault at Work

If you or a loved one have been attacked in the workplace by a fellow worker, customer or a visitor, and the incident could have been avoided were it not for the negligence of an employer, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. At YouClaim, we have a team of personal injury solicitors with many years’ experience in this often complex area of the law and will do our utmost to ensure you get the financial award you deserve.

To talk to a solicitor about an incident at work, call us now on 0800 10 757 95 or speak to us directly by using our live chat function. Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form and let us know what has happened and when you would like us to call you back.

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About assaults in the workplace claims

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines assault at work as being “any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances related to their work”. Being attacked in the workplace can be both physically and psychologically damaging. Claims for assault injuries are among the most varied we deal with, as victims can be hurt in all kinds of ways. We most commonly help people claim for the following injuries:

  • Fractured and broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Scarring
  • Severe bruising

In the past, with the exception of very particular circumstances, it was very difficult for employees to claim compensation from an employer for being attacked at work. However, due to recent changes in the law, it’s now much easier.

Employer’s duty

Your employer has a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure that steps are taken to minimise the risk of being assaulted in your workplace, either by members of the public and customers, or your colleagues. Your employer can be held responsible if you were attacked and any of the following applied:

  • You were working alone or the company was understaffed
  • An employer was aware of previous violent behaviour but took no action
  • No training on how to defuse dangerous situations has been provided
  • No or unsuitable personal protective equipment has been provided

If it can be proved that your employer has failed to take reasonable steps to reduce the chances of an assault in the workplace, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation for any injuries sustained as a result.

Employer not liable

In cases where the employer cannot be considered liable for an attack, you can make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Our solicitors can provide advice and assistance should you need to make a claim in this way.

How YouClaim can help

The law regarding assaults in the workplace can be complicated, but the solicitors at YouClaim have many years’ experience in successfully making claims of this kind and can help you navigate the complex process to get the best possible result. Our team of solicitors has an outstanding record of success, so you can rest assured that your case is in the best hands.

We understand how you can be affected following an assault in work, which is why we handle all cases with care and sensitivity. We believe that transparency is the best way to handle claims of this nature, which is why our lawyers will provide you with regular updates and are ready to answer any queries you have along the way. 

Get started today

To start a claim for an assault in the workplace that could have been avoided had it not been for the negligence of your employer, contact our team today by calling 0800 10 757 95. Alternatively, let us know about your incident by filling in our online enquiry form or using our e-chat function, we are more than happy to call you back at a more convenient time.

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