Violence at work

The Health and Safety at Work Act has provisions that cover both physical and verbal abuse in the workplace, for cases of verbal or emotional abuse, please see our page ‘occupational stress & abuse’. The Act outlines the duty of the employer to identify such risks and implement measures to reduce them.

Even if the assault at work is not the employer’s fault you can still make a claim called a CICA claim. This type of claim would need to be processed within two years, rather than the usual three-year period. The incident must have been reported to the police and the injured party cannot have a criminal record.

At Shires Law we have dedicated professionals who understand the pressure and stress that comes with being subjected to violence in the workplace. We operate on a No Win No Fee basis, you will not be out of pocket whether you win or lose. There is also no risk to your employment, as sacking an employee for making a personal injury claim is against UK employment law and would be considered unfair dismissal.


Violence in the workplace can occur in many different forms, usually resulting from sources such as:


These causes can result in a variety of symptoms:

If your accident is not mentioned here it does not mean that you do not qualify for compensation. Our lawyers are experts in violence in the workplace claims and are on hand to help you decide whether you have a valid claim.


The amount you can claim will depend upon the severity of the injury sustained, each case can be different. However, to give you some idea of the amount available, an ailment such as a broken or fractured jaw could result in approximately £4,000 to £5,700 whereas the loss of one tooth in the region of £1,500 to £2,600. Your claim will comprise of two elements; general damages, a lump sum payment by way of compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA); as well as special damages, also referred to as your “out of pocket” expenses, covering financial losses, such as medical expenses, loss of earnings, care claims etc.


We realise that a lengthy claim can be frustrating, especially when added to the trauma of being a victim of violence at work. Unfortunately the reality is that each case is different, and as such makes it impossible to provide a definitive timeline for proceedings although rest assured that we will do our utmost to ensure that your violence at work claim is dealt with in as time efficient a manner as possible.


We can help with your claim; our advisors are on hand to talk to you by calling 0800 285 266 or via our Live Chat facility.


If physiotherapy or rehabilitation is required due to violence at work, we can provide you with an Immediate Needs Assessment and make sure you receive the required rehabilitation quickly and on a private basis.