Employers have a legal duty to protect their employees from injuries, including deliberate acts of violence such an assault in the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is defines violence or assault as ‘any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work.’
As assault can be physical or verbal, including sexist, racist or homophobic abuse. The 2015/16 statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales showed that over 300,000 adults of working age in employment experienced work-related violence including threats and physical assault. If employers fail to minimise the risk of assault and violence against their workers, they may be held liable.
If you have been assaulted in the workplace, we recommend taking following steps:
- Seek Medical Help: It is vital that you visit a medical professional as soon as possible after the incident to ensure your injuries are treated properly and adequately. This is also necessary for your claim as the notes from your visit will reflect the nature and extent of your injuries at the time, as well as the recommended treatment and severity of your pain and suffering.
- Report the incident: Unless the assault has been carried out by your employer, you should report the incident to them so that they can record this in their accident book. You should also report the incident to the police.
- Gather information about witnesses: If your assault was witnessed by someone, it is important that you obtain their contact information as their statement can help support your claim. You may also wish to obtain any CCTV footage or video recordings as evidence of the assault.
- Document your recovery and expenses: Doing this will allow you to claim compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as any other financial losses you may have incurred due to the incident.
We, at Mergul Law, understand that a workplace assault can be a frightening and traumatic experience. We recognise the psychological and physical impact it can have on an individual, their daily living and ability to work. If you were assaulted at work through no fault of your own, you can start a claim for compensation by calling us on 020 3876 7643 for a free and confidential telephone consultation. Our team has extensive experience in dealing with claims involving workplace assault and will be able to advise you on the most appropriate course of action for your claim.
If you do not have funding through a trade union membership or legal expenses insurers, we can deal with your claim on a no-win no-fee basis. Contact us for further information.