Michael Lewin Solicitors are qualified to manage any workplace accident claim and they jumped at the chance to help Ms T who was assaulted by a resident in the care home where she worked; an employee who has been assaulted at work can now claim compensation from their employer in the UK rather than only being able to claim against their assailant.

Employers have a duty to provide adequate protection against assault and injury for all their employees. In incidents where this has clearly not been adequately controlled the employer is may be liable for any injuries sustained by an employee who has been assaulted. A comprehensive risk assessment needs to be carried out for violence at work and procedures implemented which reduce the risk of employees being hurt. This may include installing safety screens security for night shift workers altering shift patterns so no-one is working alone improving lighting and training and information for staff on the risk and control of violence.

The law has changed in the last few years and employees are now in a much stronger position to claim compensation from an employer if they have been assaulted at work. A few years ago they would have had to fall back on the CICA or make a personal injury claim against their assailant.

Michael Lewin’s team have an outstanding knowledge of personal injury claims and will accept any claim for a workplace accident as long as the victim is not to blame; they have an impressive track record of successful compensation claims in the UK and promise to deliver a friendly and professional service. With regards to assaults in the work place some jobs are potentially more risky than others. Security guards have been assaulted by thieves. Bank clerks have been assaulted by armed robbers. However an assault can occur in any working environment and employers need to be sure that they have taken adequate steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their staff. Verbal abuse and threats are more common that actual physical assaults however they do occur and no-one should have to endure any violent or aggressive behaviour whilst they are at work.

There is now a zero tolerance campaign in place to stop violence to staff working in the NHS. Health care assistants ambulance staff and other care workers in the NHS are twice as likely to face violence at work that other workers. All NHS trust must have a system in place to record violence against staff and show that they have procedures in place to reduce these incidents.

If you have been assaulted at work or been the victim of any workplace accident which was not your fault call Michael Lewin Solicitors for expert advice regarding compensation in the UK: 0844 499 9302

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