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Physical Abuse and Assault Claims
If you have been the victim of physical abuse or assault, whether in your personal life or at work, a successful compensation claim could significantly help to improve the quality of your life. The legal experts at JMW understand that you may be going through a difficult time and need reliable and comprehensive advice delivered in a sensitive and easy-to-understand manner. We are here to provide this.
To find out more about making a physical abuse claim, get in touch with our team today. We place a great emphasis on treating such cases with sensitivity and professionalism, and our team is friendly, approachable and on hand to offer the support you need. Simply call us on 0800 054 6570 or, if you would prefer for us to contact you, complete our online enquiry form.
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We understand that it can be very difficult to discuss abuse or mistreatment. However, seeking legal advice can be an important step in getting the justice you deserve, enabling you to move on with your life and helping you to secure compensation that can make a positive impact as you do so.
Physical abuse or assault can cause both physical and psychological harm. It is therefore imperative that you have access to help from a legal firm that can provide the support and guidance you need to assist you through what can be a difficult time. Claims of this type can seem complex and daunting, but we are here to ensure yours is as straightforward and hassle-free as possible.
The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) handles criminal injury and abuse compensation claims. It is a government organisation set up to assist victims of violent crime, paying out compensation to those affected. Claims where the CICA acts in the role of the defendant can be complex, and are governed by slightly different rules than those that govern other claims. That is why it is vital that you work with a lawyer who is an expert in their field, such as the lawyers at JMW Solicitors.
Physical abuse can encompass many different areas of abuse, such as that against children or vulnerable adults. Anyone can be subject to abuse or assault, and it can have a significant impact on your life, both physically and psychologically. You can make a claim either against the person responsible for the abuse, or the organisation that allowed it to happen. Such organisations can include:
- Care homes
- The church
- Local authorities
- Children's homes
Claims for physical abuse or assault can be made for:
- The abuse or assault itself
- Psychological damage caused by the abuse or assault
- Remuneration for the cost of therapy following abuse
Unfortunately, it is not unknown for employees to suffer an assault in the workplace. This can happen to almost anyone in their place of work, but is more common among:
- Care assistants
- Security guards
- Prison officers
We all expect to be kept safe at work, however attacks in the workplace can and do happen. Employers have a duty of care to safeguard their workers and to do everything possible to keep them from harm.
If your employer has put you at risk of foreseeable or unnecessary injury, or has not adequately protected you, a compensation claim may be brought for the pain and suffering caused.
Your employer may be held responsible for an assault at work if:
- They ignore previous violent behaviour from a co-worker, patient or client who later attacks you
- They have left you to work alone, leaving you in a vulnerable situation
- You have not been given adequate training to deal with hostile situations
- You have not been provided with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE)
When you make a physical abuse or assault compensation claim with the team at JMW, we will first take the time to outline the legal process and what you may expect to recover as compensation.
Our legal experts will gather the information and evidence necessary to build a case of sufficient strength to make your claim a success, bringing in appropriate, independent medical experts to carry out assessments and provide reports on your prognosis.
We make what can be a time-consuming and stressful process as easy as possible, and ensure you are up to date with everything we are doing regarding the claim.
We always take a sensitive and professional approach to cases of this type and will be here to guide you through every step of the process. We understand that it can be traumatic to recount such terrible incidents, but we will help you feel safe and comfortable throughout.