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Occupational assault claims

If you have been injured because of an assault at your workplace you may be able to bring a compensation claim. Employers have a duty of care to protect workers from acts of violence, including assault, whether by colleagues, clients or service providers such as caterers or cleaners.

Our workplace injury team has represented many people following a injury from manual handling, talk to us as soon as possible to investigate a claim.

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines work-related violence as, ‘Any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work. This can include verbal abuse or threats as well as physical attacks.’ 

If you have suffered such an attack you can bring a compensation claim if you can show that your employer failed to keep you safe at work, or that they failed to carry out a risk assessment about the threat of violence and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent you being hurt. 

If you have been assaulted at work try and take pictures of the injury and where it happened; make a note of any witnesses; visit your GP or local A&E department and get a report from your doctor with details of your injuries; if the attack happens away from your workplace report it to your employers as soon as possible; report the incident to the police. 

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Case study

Our client was at work as a civil servant when she subjected to a vicious and unprovoked assault by a cleaner in the toilet facilities. She was repeatedly struck and pushed around by the cleaner who also attempted to strangle her with a scarf and hit her with cleaning equipment. 

The frenzied assault continued with the cleaner knocking her head as she was gripping on to her hair screaming for help. Our client feared her life was in danger but managed to push the cleaner off and ran free, reporting the matter to the police. 

She suffered significant physical and psychological injuries. Leigh Day brought a civil claim and were able to secure a full award for her physical injuries, psychological symptoms and associated expenses which included rehabilitation treatment.

What you should do if you've been injured at work

Our expert work injury lawyers give you guidance on what to do if you have been injured at work.

Seek appropriate medical attention

It goes without saying that your health is paramount and the first thing to do is seek treatment for your injury.

If you have to go to hospital make sure that an accurate account of the accident is given to the doctor who first treats you there. Always talk to your own GP as soon as possible, even if you don’t need hospital treatment, and make sure he or she has an accurate report of the accident.

Your medical records will be requested during the course of your claim. 

Talk to us

Talk to a specialist accident at work solicitor as quickly as possible. There is a time limit of three years from the date of your accident for starting Court proceedings.

Report it

Report your accident to your employers as quickly as possible, and ask for a copy of the accident book entry as this will become important evidence in your claim. Depending on the severity and type of your injury the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may carry out an investigation. 

You don’t have to make any statement to your employers about the accident, apart from a brief report to be entered in the accident book. Generally, it is inadvisable to make a signed statement, particularly in the period immediately after the accident.

Report your accident to the Department of Work and Pensions. This will help you to make an application for state benefits.

Gather details

Get details of any witnesses to your accident and pass this information to a specialist work injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Talk to your representative

Ask your shop steward or safety representative to take photographs of the accident scene. 

Gather evidence

Take photographs of your injuries as soon as possible after the accident, and at regular intervals during your recovery.