You’ve been assaulted at work and would like to apply for compensation. What options are available to you?
Life after a physical assault in the workplace can seem frightening and overwhelming. You may have reported the incident to the police and to your employer, and you might have received any necessary medical attention. However, the assault could have affected your ability to work and support yourself and your family. You may be falling into debt at an alarming rate, which can cause you further stress and anxiety. Fortunately, there are sources of compensation available to victims. You can use this funding to help yourself get back on track. Here are some of the ways you can earn the compensation that you deserve after a workplace assault has happened to you.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims
It is usually recommended that if you are innocent victim of violent crime that you should pursue a criminal injuries compensation claim. This process is managed and run in the United Kingdom by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government-backed scheme that dispenses compensation to victims of violent crimes. You must also have reported your assault to the police. There are other very specific criteria that apply to pursuing compensation through the CICA, so it is a good idea to get in touch with a personal injury solicitor for guidance prior to making your claim. If this is the route you think you want to take towards compensation, then you must start your claim with the CICA within two years of the assault.
If you think that your assault was caused by your employer’s failure to provide a safe working environment, then you may be able to sue them for compensation. Perhaps your employer ignored violent people in the workplace which then culminated in your assault. Maybe they failed to carry out a risk assessment, as they are required to do by law. If this is the case, then you may have a case against them. You may be concerned about lodging a claim against your employer, but it may be the best way forward for you. You must begin legal proceedings within three years of the assault. It may be determined that your employer was not at fault for what happened to you. In this case, you may be better off submitting a claim to the CICA for compensation.
In some instances, you may be able to bring a civil claim against the person who attacked you. This option should really only be pursued if you are sure that the person who committed the assault can pay you compensation and also cover your legal costs. The last thing you want is to win a claim against them only to find that they cannot compensate you for your pain and suffering. You will want to hire a solicitor who has a good deal of experience with handling these claims.
Act Quickly if You Want Results
The most important thing to remember is that you should start the claims process as soon as possible. The sooner you begin to document what happened, the better your chances will be of receiving some form of compensation. It may be difficult and emotionally painful to recall specific details about the assault, but it will result in the financial compensation that you rightfully deserve.
If you are interested in pursuing a compensation claim after being assaulted at work, then you can count on the team at Assaulted at Work to provide you with top-quality legal guidance. We can discuss the facts of your case as well as any possible action plans that you would like to pursue. Please feel free to contact us at 0800 038 5321 for a no-obligation free consultation. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.