Assault in the Workplace


Recent headlines covering the assault of a co-worker by a major BBC presenter has helped bring to public attention the issue of assault in the workplace.
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A recent investigation by the BBC has found that the allegations against Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson are true, and he did physically assault a colleague at work.

Assaulted by a Colleague?

We all have the right to be kept safe in our working environment, yet sometimes this is not always the case.

Findings released from a 2013-14 Crime Survey for England and Wales have estimated that as many as 275,000 adults in employment have experienced work related violence, including threats and physical assault.

Lisa Sheldon, our Partner specialising in Personal Injury, informs us;

"Your employer has a duty to keep you safe in your workplace. If your employer exposes you to an unnecessary and foreseeable risk of injury, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries."

Lisa continues; "Liability can arise from situations where an assault in the workplace is caused by a lack of training, or if you were working alone when you shouldn't be. Your employer may also be held responsible if any incidents of violent behaviour have occurred in the past and were not been dealt with properly."

Assaulted by a Client or Customer?

It is estimated that as many as 44% of incidents involving threats of violence and physical assault were likely to be by clients or a member of the public known through work.

Certain professions can carry a higher risk of assault than others, such as working in a hospital, a care home or even a school.

Cardiff and the Vale Health Board have recently released that there are as many as 3,000 violent assaults on their staff each year. This resulted in body cameras being provided for the security staff at the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff. This hopes to see a reduction in the amount of verbal and physical attacks on their staff.

What Can I Do?

If you have been a victim of an assault at work in the last 2 years, you could be entitled to compensation. We at Simpson Millar LLP have specialist solicitors that can advise you on any potential claim.

Because every case is different, it is important to get the right advice.

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