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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For An Assault At Work?

We are supposed to feel safe at our place of work. The last thing we should anticipate is an assault. Although some working environments are more dangerous than others, such as bars and clubs, as well as care homes and prisons, this does not mean we should suffer any type of physical or verbal abuse. Employers need to put measures in place to reduce the chances of this occurring, and if they have failed to do so, you will be able to launch a claim against them. Of course, even if your employer has provided thorough training, acted on violence records, and supplied the required PPE, you can make a claim against the person that has assaulted you via the CICA. This is something we can assist with. For more information about assault claims UK wide, read on.

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A guide to workplace assault claims

Assault at work

Assault at work

Workplace assaults can be incredibly distressing and have a lasting impact on a person’s life, no matter whether the assault was physical, verbal, or both. If you have been the victim of a workplace assault, you will be able to claim compensation. This guide reveals everything you need to know about such claims, including compensation payout amounts, eligibility, and how to launch work claims UK wide.

What is an assault at work?

An assault at work can be physical or verbal. There are three, broadly-define categories of workplace violence, which are as follows:

  • An unprovoked act of violence committed by an individual that has a legitimate connection to the company. This could be an employee’s spouse or a delivery person. It could also be an assault at work by one or more colleague.
  • An act of unprovoked violence that has been committed by a customer, patient, or client.
  • An unprovoked act of violence that was committed by a person that has no legitimate connection to the business. This could be a burglar, for example.

The most common forms of workplace violence include the following:

  • Physically attacked at work by another person, i.e. punching, kicking, scratching, etc.
  • Verbally threatening someone
  • Staring at a person in a menacing way
  • Verbal abuse, such as calling someone names
  • Assault of an indecent or sexual nature
  • Soliciting sex in return for hiring or promotion
  • Exposing sexual material or organs purported to be offensive on this level
  • Pressuring a work colleague or employee into going on a date
  • Subjecting a work colleague or employee to unwanted touching
  • Making comments of a sexual nature towards or about a person
  • Writing graffiti about a victim
  • Threatening to remove an employee should they air their grievances or voice a complaint
  • Insisting a work colleague or employee carries out an action that is against the regulations put in place by the company
  • Threatening an employee with demotion or the sack for unreasonable reasons
  • Setting a dog on an individual or issuing a threat to do so
  • Attacking a person with a weapon
  • Spitting on a fellow employee
  • Pulling a fellow employee’s hair

How do you feel after a workplace assault?

A workplace assault can be an extremely traumatic experience, which can leave a person feeling vulnerable and unsafe. The psychological and physical toll can be monumental. It can also impact a person’s ability to work in the future.

One thing we will never do is judge any of our clients for how they are feeling following a workplace assault, be it physical or verbal. We appreciate that you are going through one of the worst times in your life, and we know that everyone deals with things differently.

We will be with you every step of the way through the claiming process, and we always seek to focus on securing compensation quietly in the background as much as possible, so that you can focus on your recovery. Nonetheless, we are always available should you need us.

What to do if you are assaulted in the workplace

If you have been assaulted in the workplace, it is vital to take the necessary steps to gather evidence to support your assault compensation claim. This includes doing the following:

  • Visit a medical professional – Needless to say, this is important for the sake of your health. But it is also important for your case too. This is because the medical report the doctor provides will document your injuries, as well as the recommended course of treatment and the severity of your suffering. This will then be used to determine how much compensation you will receive.
  • Get witness contact information – Did anyone witness the assault? If so, it is important to get their contact information – their name, address, and telephone number. Witness statements can really help to strengthen your case.
  • Make notes about the incident – As soon as you get the opportunity, it is a good idea to make a note of what happened. Don’t leave out anything. This will ensure that you do not forget anything important later down the line.
  • Keep proof of expenses – You will need to keep proof of all of the expenses you have encountered as a direct consequence of the incident. This can be anything from loss of income and counselling expenses to the cost of travelling to the hospital and childcare expenses. So long as the expense occurred due to the assault, you can claim for it.
  • Report the incident to your employer – Unless your employer is the one that has assaulted you, you should report the incident to them. All employers are required to keep an accident book by law, and the incident will need to be recorded in there. Plus, this helps to prove that the assault did take place.

How to begin your claim following a workplace assault

Assaulted at work – can I sue? So long as you did not cause the assault, you can make a claim. If you want to make a claim following a workplace assault, all you need to do is give us a call, and we will launch your case. We have years of experience in the industry, and we have helped many claimants to get the payout they deserve.

When you call us, we will provide a free consultancy session. Not only does this give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, but we will also ask you some questions. There is nothing to worry about. We simply need to understand what has happened so that we can advise you in the best possible manner.

We will then proceed with your case on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you will only need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. You can find out more about the No Win No Fee payment structure below. Also, if required, we can arrange a local medical for you at no cost to you.

Who pays compensation following an assault at work?

All compensation claims come down to one thing: who caused the accident? Establishing blame is of paramount importance, as this will determine whom the claim is to be made against. Of course, in a lot of assault cases, you may not even know who has attacked you, but you will still be able to launch a claim. It is also crucial to recognise that your employer will be liable for the incident if they have not provided protection despite the foreseeable risk.

So, how can you make a claim if you do not know whom you are claiming against? If your employer is not to blame, the CICA will pay out to a successful claimant. CICA stands for the Criminals Injuries Compensation Authority. It was set up in 1964 to manage any personal injury claims that arise in Britain due to criminal injury.

The organisation will offer anything between £1,000 and £500,000. This is calculated based on the injuries suffered and the individual situation. Roughly 76,000 applicants are made per annum. If the offender has not been identified, caught, or convicted, the CICA scheme will still pay out.

Is my employer responsible if I was assaulted in the workplace?

You may be struggling to work out if your employer is responsible for the assault that occurred. Just because your employer did not directly assault you does not mean that they are not responsible. There are, in fact, many different situations where an employer could be found liable. Common examples include the following:

  • Lack of training – A lot of working environments require adequate training on how to deal with individuals that could be potentially difficult or dangerous. If you have not been trained in such matters, your employer has knowingly put you at risk, and so you could have grounds for launching a claim against them.
  • Lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) – All employees need to be provided with adequate PPE for their working environment. This is especially the case when there is a heightened risk of violence. All equipment should also be in good working order. This could include panic alarms and stab vests. It is the employer’s responsibility to provide PPE, as per law, and they cannot demand any financial contribution from you. If they have failed to provide the PPE the law demands, they could be responsible for the assault you suffered.
  • Ignoring a record of violent behaviour – Has your employer ignored a violent behaviour record? If someone has shown signs of violence and your employer is aware of this, yet they did not take any actions to protect you, they could also be liable. The same applies if your place of work has been vulnerable to an attack before, such as a robbery, yet no added security measures have been implemented.
  • Understaffing – If you are left to work by yourself or in an environment that was understaffed to dangerous levels, your employer could have put you in jeopardy of an attack or an assault. Security guards, carers, and prison offers tend to be most at risk of such an incident, as their job involves dealing with challenging behaviour.

Will I lose my job if I make a claim against my employer?

A lot of people are worried about making a claim against their employer, as they fear they will lose their job. They worry that tensions will arise, and their employer will give them the boot for daring to seek compensation. This is something you should not worry about for a number of reasons.

Firstly, all employers in the UK are required to have insurance by law. Such insurance will cover incidents like this, and so your employer won’t be paying you directly from their back pocket. They will know that you deserve compensation for the hardship you have suffered.

Secondly, if your employer were to fire you, they would only land themselves in even deeper trouble. This is because you would then have very strong grounds for unfair dismissal.

What can be claimed for following a workplace assault

There are a number of different things you can claim for if you have been assaulted at work UK. This includes the following:

  • General damages – This refers to the compensation you will receive for your injuries, and the pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Medical expenses – This will cover the likes of prescription fees, the cost of treatment, the cost of counselling.
  • Travel expenses – Travel expenses not only relate to travelling to and from the hospital, but the also cover any required vehicle adaptions or alternative transport arrangements during your recovery.
  • Loss of earnings – You can claim for any income lost, as well as loss of potential future earnings.
  • Care claim – If you have required assistance around the house while you recover, the person who has cared for you will be able to file a care claim.

Workplace assault statistics

(Source for the graph: HSE violence

Below, we reveal some of the findings that were presented in the 2015/16 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW):

  • During this period, there were approximately 698,000 incidents involving workplace violence. Of these incidents, 369,000 were threats, and 329,000 were assaults.
  • During this period, 350,000 adults of working age experienced violence, including physical assault and threats.
  • It is estimated that 1.4 per cent of working adults are the victims of one or numerous violent incidents in the workplace.
  • The study also revealed that 1.5 per cent of men and 1.3 per cent of women were victims of workplace violence at once during the year.
  • It is estimated that 56 per cent of victims reported one incident of work-related violence.
  • There are then 18 per cent of victims that reported two workplace incidents of violence.
  • And finally, 26 per cent of victims reported at least three or more work-related violence incidents during this period.
  • Among the victims, in 54 per cent of cases, the offender was known, and 46 per cent, the offender was a stranger.
  • In cases of known offenders, the offender is most likely to be a member of the public that is known through work or a client.
  • In 33 per cent of cases, a black eye or minor bruising accounted for most injuries recorded.
  • In the remaining 67 per cent, there were no physical injuries.
  • 4,976 injuries involving an act of violence or physical assault were reported by RIDDOR. This accounts for 6.5 per cent of all injuries in the workplace. Of this figure, one resulted in death.

Can I claim compensation if I have been verbally assaulted in the workplace?

Any type of verbal abuse in the workplace can have devastating consequences. A lot of people worry that they cannot make a claim for verbal assault, as they won’t have bruises or suffered any type of physical damage. Luckily, UK employment legislation enables us to claim on your behalf if you have been the victim of discrimination, harassment, or bullying. After all, verbal assault can also cause internal scars, which a person carries with them for a long time, and this type of psychological damage is not something that should be overlooked or downplayed.

A physiological injury can be just as traumatic as a physical one. Such incidents also come in many different forms. Verbal harassment could be sexist comments, sexually explicit references, derogatory name calling, or racism. No matter what type of verbal abuse you have suffered, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will ensure you receive the maximum payout you are entitled to for the mental torment you have experienced.

I was assaulted while working as a bouncer can I claim?

If you have been assaulted at work UK and your occupation is a bouncer, you will be able to launch a claim for compensation, so long as the incident was not your fault, i.e. you did not assault the other person first or entice them. We have plenty of experience in making successful assault at work claims for bouncers and those in similar professions, and so you can rest assured that you will be in the safest hands when you choose our service.

Not only will you be able to launch a claim for the assault itself, but if your employer has not taken the necessary precautions to protect you, they will also be liable for the injuries you have sustained. Perhaps they did not provide the necessary personal protective equipment? Or, maybe they scrimped on the training side of things? No matter what applies, give us a call today, and we will ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.

I was assaulted at work by customer can I claim?

If you have been assaulted at work by customer UK, you will be able to claim compensation. This compensation will not only cover the pain and suffering you have experience, but also any out of pocket expenses encountered as a consequence of the accident. These are known as special damages, and can entail the likes of loss of income, counselling expenses, childcare costs, and the cost of travelling to and from the hospital.

You can also make a claim against your employer if they are responsible for the assault that has taken place. Your employer does not have to have directly assaulted you in order to be liable. Perhaps they were aware of this customer and their intentions and they made no effort to stop the accident from occurring? Maybe the security measures at your place of work are simply inadequate? We will help you to determine whether you should also launch a claim against your employer.

I have been assaulted at work by another employee UK, do I have a claim?

If a colleague has assaulted you at your place of work, you will be entitled to compensation. We have many years of experience in these cases, and we can help you to get the payout you deserve. You should also be aware of the fact that your employer may be liable for the incident too. If they were aware of the colleague’s intentions or there was a record of violent behaviour, and they did not act upon this, you will be able to launch a claim against your employer as well.

I have been assaulted while teaching by a student can I claim compensation?

If a student has assaulted you, you will be able to make a successful personal injury compensation claim. However, it is important to note that you should also consider making a claim against the school too. The school may be liable for the incident because they were aware of the student’s violent streak, and they did nothing to put safety measures in place. This is something we will be able to advise further on, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I was assaulted while driving my taxicab can I claim compensation?

If you have been assaulted while driving your taxicab, you will be able to make a claim. No matter whether you know who the person is or not, the CICA will payout for such cases.

If you work for a taxi firm and they do not have good security measures in place, you may also want to consider launching a claim against them as well. Perhaps they have not provided you with adequate training on such matters? Maybe they encourage you to take front seat passengers, and this has led to the assault? Or, maybe the customer is known for violence, yet they still gave you the booking? If you feel that the company you work for could be liable, simply give us a call and we will be able to advise further on this.

If there is nothing that could have been done to stop the assault, we will also be able to launch a claim for you, no matter whether the person has been caught or not.

Can a nurse/doctor or NHS staff claim compensation after being assaulted while working?

If you have been assaulted while working at a hospital or medical centre, you will be able to make a claim. It is important to determine whom the claim should be made against. If this was a random act of violence or harassment by another colleague, for example, then the claim will be made against the person that has committed the assault. However, if you are working with vulnerable people on a daily basis, and your employer has not taken the necessary precautions to protect you, you will need to make a claim against them. This can often happen in the medical industry, as understaffing is a real problem. You could have been left to work alone when you shouldn’t have been, and this could have led to an attack occurring. If so, you employer is deemed liable. If you can’t figure out whom you should be claiming against, don’t panic. All you need to do is give us a call and we will conduct a free consultancy session. We will find out the facts of the case so that we can best advise you on the type of claim to launch.

I have been assaulted while doing health care work by my patient do I have a claim for compensation?

If you have been assaulted at work by a patient, there is a high chance you will be entitled to compensation. Of course, this depends on the nature of the assault. If the patient has a condition that makes them violent, and your employer has put you in a situation whereby you are vulnerable, your employer will be liable. For example, if they ordered you to carry out a task by yourself when there should have been at least one other person with you, they will be responsible for the assault, and so you will need to make a claim against them. However, if the patient does not have a condition related to violent outbursts, then you will be able to make a claim against them.

Assessing the severity of an injury following an assault at work

It can often be difficult to assess the severity of an injury following an assault at work. While evaluating the initial physical damage can be straightforward in regards to assaults, there is often lasting damage, not only in terms of physical pain, but emotional pain too. Plus, if you have suffered a verbal assault, it is the physiological damage that will be considered.

This should not concern you, however. It simply means that you will need to undergo a medical examination to assess the extent of your injuries, the treatment required, and what the long-term picture looks like. This will be used to determine how much compensation you will receive. We can arrange a quick and simple examination for you at your local medical centre, at no cost to you.

How much compensation will I get after an injury caused by an assault at work?

One question we often get asked is how much assault compensation will I receive? Unfortunately, it is impossible to give a definitive answer to this question. This is because every personal injury case is different, and there are so many variables involved. You may have come across an assault compensation calculator online, which claims to tell you the payout you will receive. It is important to note that this will only be an estimate. No one can guarantee any sort of figure.

However, what we can do is give you the common assault compensation amounts. In the table below, you will find the average payout amounts for various injuries that are often claimed for as a result of workplace assault or workplace harassment. If you cannot find the injury that applies to your case, don’t panic; simply give us a call and we will be happy to shed further light on this.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Mental anguish£3,550Fear of death and expectation of end of life.
Loss of anticipated earnings £10,000 - £400,000There is the potential for a higher payout than the maximum based on the future earning potential of the claimant. The payout is calculated by assessing future prospects and current pay grade.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000Again, there is the potential for a higher payout than the maximum based on the claimant’s current pay grade. This payout is calculated based on actual income lost.
Pain and suffering£1,000 - £200,000The level of pain and suffering encountered determines how much the personal injury victim will receive.
Minor brain or head injury£1,675 - £9,700In these cases, brain damage will be minimal – if there was any. The level of compensation awarded depends on the absence or presence of headaches, the extent of the continuing symptoms, the recovery period, and the severity of the initial injury.
Very severe brain damage£214,350 - £307,000The level of award is impacted by the extent of physical limitations, life expectancy, and the degree of insight. For the maximum payout, there will be little, if any, language function and meaningful responses to the environment.
Severe psychological damage£41,675 - £88,000In these cases, the claimant will have marked problems with regards to their ability to cope with work and life, future vulnerability, the extent to which treatment would be successful, and their relationships with friends and family members. Plus, the prognosis will be very poor.
Moderately severe psychological damage£14,500 - £41,675These cases are similar to the above. However, the prognosis will be a lot more optimistic.
Moderate psychological damage£4,450 - £14,500For these cases, there will be some problems with the likes of future vulnerability and the person’s ability to cope. However, prognosis will be good, and by the time of the trial there will be marked improvement.
Less severe psychological damage£1,170 - £4,450The level of award granted will take into consideration the length of the period of disability. It will also consider the extent to which sleep and daily activities were impacted.
Impotence (Male)£32,700 to £59,600These cases can occur due to traumatic injuries or non-traumatic injuries. Of course, assaults fall into the former category.
Digestive system – damage from a traumatic injury - severe£32,700 - £47,050Severe damage with continual discomfort and pain.
Digestive system – damage from a traumatic injury – serious£12,750 - £21,100Serious non-penetrating injuries, which cause permanent or long-standing complications.
Digestive system – damage from a traumatic injury – stab wounds / lacerations£5,000 - £9,575Industrial lacerations or penetrating stab wounds.
Fractures of nose or nasal complex£1,300 - £17,575The lower payout is for simple undisplaced fractures with a full recovery. The higher end of the payout is for multiple or serious fractures, which require numerous operations and/or result in permanent damage.
Fracture of cheekbones£1,775 - £12,000At the lower end of the payout, we have simple fractures, which do not require surgery. At the higher end, payout is for serious fractures that require surgery yet still have lasting consequences.
Fracture of the jaw£4,900 - £34,600The bottom end of the payout is for simple requires that require immobilisation but a complete recovery is made. At the higher end of the payout spectrum, we have very serious, multiple fractures, followed by permanent consequences and prolonged treatment.
Minor injuries – recovery within three months£1,050 - £1,860Recovery within three months
Minor injuries – recovery within 28 days£525 - £1,050Recovery within 28 days
Minor injuries – recovery within seven daysA few hundred pounds - £525Recovery within seven days

No Win No Fee workplace assault claims

When you take advantage of our service, you will benefit from a No Win No Fee payment structure. All of our solicitors work on this basis. Basically, No Win No Fee terms mean that you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. This, in turn, means that your assault claims compensation will cover the cost, and so you will never be out of pocket. If, for some reason, we do not manage to secure compensation for you, you won’t have to pay a penny.

This guarantees that you won’t end up in the nightmare scenario whereby you have a massive legal bill to pay yet no compensation was awarded. This could easily occur if you were to choose a solicitor that charges by the hour, as many still do today. There are also many knock-on benefits to consider when it comes to the No Win No Fee structure. For example, you can be sure that we will only take on your case if we believe there is a genuine chance of compensation. We won’t waste your time or put you through unnecessary stress. Again, this could easily happen if you were to choose a solicitor that charged per hour. After all, their payment is not related to the outcome of the case, and so, win or lose, it doesn’t really impact them. It’s not worth the risk, which is why a No Win No Fee service is ideal no matter your situation.

Why choose us as your claims service for your workplace assault claim?

You may have already considered a number of personal injury law firms, but we can assure you that you will struggle to find better than us. We have many years of experience in the industry, and we use this to secure the maximum payout amounts for our clients each and every time. Our reputation speaks for itself. All you need to do is look at what previous clients have had to say about our service.

One of the things that really sets us apart from other companies is the fact that we do genuinely care about all of our clients. We operate an honest, transparent, and caring service. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. We know that you are going through a nightmare situation at the moment, and that is why we promise to seek compensation in the most efficient and smoothest manner possible. We will focus on securing your payout while you focus on your recovery.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you want to make a claim for an assault in the workplace or any type of harassment that has taken place at work, or you have any questions about assault injury claims, all you need to do is give us a call on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to a member of our friendly and professional team, who will be more than happy to assist you in any manner they can. They will answer all of your queries and take you through the claiming process. We’re always empathetic to the situation, and you can be sure that your recovery and securing compensation on your behalf are always our main priorities.

Useful links

HSE workplace harassment and violence

This takes you to the Government’s Health and Safety Executive website where you will find information on work-related violence. This includes the law on such matters and guidance on preventing workplace harassment and violence.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Bullying At Work?

If you have been the victim of bullying at work find out if you can claim compensation contact LegalExpert.co.uk for free advice.

Citizens Advice website harassment at work

This link takes you to the harassment at work section of the Citizens Advice website. You will find useful information on the Equality Act 2010, as well as guidance on the different types of harassment.

Bullying.co.uk on bullying at work

This link provides you with plenty of advice on bullying at work. This includes relational bullying at work, workplace bullying and your emotional health, the signs of workplace bullying, and how workplace bully can affect your family.

Government website on workplace bullying and harassment

This link takes you to the UK Government website, where you will find information on bullying and harassment. This includes examples of bullying and harassing, as well as details regarding the law and what to do if you feel you are being bullied or harassed.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For An Accident At Work?

If you have had a accident at work due to a assault find out if you can claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis contact us today.

Sexual Assault Compensation – How Much Can I Claim?

If you have been sexually abused at work or the victim of sexual assault at work contact our experts today for free legal advice and find out if you can start a No Win No Fee claim.

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