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Assault at Work Claims

As an employee, you are entitled to a safe and respectful working environment; it is a fundamental expectation. The occurrence of assault at work is completely unacceptable. Recent statistics indicate that approximately 310,000 working adults have been subjected to violence, assault, or threats in their workplace over the past year. This is a concerning trend that necessitates immediate action and change.

Being a victim of an assault at work is a deeply unsettling experience that can leave you feeling vulnerable, traumatised and uncertain about your future. At The Claims Partnership, we understand the gravity of these situations and the impact they can have on your life. Our team are dedicated to providing the necessary support, guidance, and legal advice to navigate these difficult times and secure the justice and compensation you deserve.

Understanding Assault at Work

Workplace assault is not limited to physical attacks from coworkers; assault at work can include verbal abuse, threatening behaviour, physical abuse and manipulation, as well as other commonly acknowledged forms of abuse and assault. These occurrences violate your right to a safe and secure working environment. Such incidents can not only affect your physical well-being, but they can take their toll on you mentally, affecting your ability to work and putting an increased strain on your daily life and activities. 

What You Can Do About It

When an assault at work occurs, it’s not just a personal issue; it becomes a legal matter. The law protects workers by requiring employers to provide a safe working environment and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions. Victims of workplace assault may have the right to compensation for their injuries, pain, suffering, and any financial losses incurred as a result of the incident.

If you are assaulted at work, the first thing you should do is put yourself in a safe space away from the perpetrator of the abuse. Your safety and well-being is always of paramount importance. Once you’re away from any potential risks, you should report the incident to your HR department and write a statement as soon as possible to ensure all details of the incident are fresh in your head. 

If you have been unable to work due to the incident, ensure your employer has notified RIDDOR so that the incident has been recorded correctly and via the correct channels. You may also need to report the assault to the police if your case needs to go through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authorities. 

Knowing Your Rights

Regardless of your type of employment or position in the company, you still have rights that your employer must adhere to. Your employer has a general obligation to provide a safe working environment. If your employer fails in this regard, you should first report it to the HR department or escalate it to the police, depending on the severity of the issue. If you had to take time off due to the issue, you would be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay or contractual sick pay, depending on the terms of your employment. 

Making an assault at work claim can seem like an incredibly daunting and scary experience, but you should know that you cannot be sacked or laid off for making a claim. If you are, you have the right to pursue legal action because of it.

Contact Claims Partnership for Assault at Work Claims

If you are assaulted at work, you should contact a legal expert, such as The Claims Partnership. We can help with any worries, concerns, or burning questions you may have. If you do have other questions regarding the claims process, be sure to check some of the most commonly asked questions below.

FAQs

What Is Classed as Assault at Work?

Being assaulted at work is a disconcerting and troublesome experience. While the common preconception of assault at work is that physical violence is the only form of abuse, this is not correct. Assault at work is an incident in which an individual is abused, threatened or assaulted physically and/or verbally. 

What Can I Do If I’m Assaulted at Work?

If you’re assaulted at work, we are sorry you have had to experience such an occurrence, but your first port of call should be to report the incident to your employer or HR department. You should also ensure that all authority figures, such as doctors and the police, are aware of the incident and have ample evidence of the issue. Witness statements and photographs taken by a colleague you trust are all reliable forms of evidence that you should look to collect. 

Is Assault at Work A Sackable Offence? 

Assault at work can be classed as gross misconduct, which is a sackable offence. Ensuring all correct procedures are followed, an employee can be sacked if they are deemed to have performed a workplace assault. 

Can You Sue Your Employer If You Are Assaulted at Work?

Every employer has a duty of care to their employees, and if your assault occurred due to negligence on their part, you may want to consider claiming against your employer. It is important to note that suing your employer for such instances can be a complex issue and can vary depending on the circumstances, not to mention the potential strain on the relationship between you and your employer. This is why you should always consult a legal expert before deciding to sue your employer. 

How Much Compensation Can I Get? 

If you are assaulted at work, you may be entitled to compensation. While there are no set rules for exact amounts of compensation, some of the things you may be able to claim back include loss of earnings due to time off because of the assault, medical bills, cost of travelling and childcare expenses. While we can not advise exactly how much compensation you may be entitled to, as it can largely depend on the severity of the situation and other factors, seeking compensation after an assault may be a viable option. 

Is Workplace Assault Riddor Reportable?

To summarise, yes, workplace assault can be RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) reportable. Some of the acts which are reportable include incidents that have resulted in major injury, death or an individual being incapacitated for over seven days.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss your back or neck injury claim or how we can help you, please contact us by phone on 01772 562084, by e mail at info@theclaimspartnership.co.uk or by any of the Quick Contact Forms on this page. We don’t charge. We are never in a rush and we’re happy to help you as much as we can.

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