Below we will expand on the details of this claim, and also take a look at the injury the claimant sustained, and how it is generally treated. We also discuss work-related accidents, as well as work injuries caused by violence.
How Commonly Are People Assaulted In Their Workplace?
The Health & Safety Executive in the UK, administers a whole range of legislation that pertains to the security industry. Every security company in the UK, is legally obliged to comply with all of these regulations at all times. Many of these are general guidelines for keeping staff safe and healthy while at work. However, the legislation for the security industry also includes whole sections related to personal safety whilst apprehending a suspect, and how to carry out a search safely. The security company must train their staff in all of these Health & Safety guidelines. When the company fails in its compliance, and it leads to an accident at work, a valid reason to make a personal injury claim could exist.
In this case, there were several breaches of compliance. For example, the security officer was working alone, when legislation clearly states that security offers should work in pairs or teams at all times. Furthermore, it is questionable whether the firm provided proper training in the apprehension of an offender.
Violence at work is a fairly common occurrence. In the UK in 2017, there were almost 650,000 reported cases of workplace violence. The graph above gives a little more detail on statistics for assault and valance at work.
What Was The Nature Of The Claimants Injury?
In this case, the claimant suffered a very serious broken nose. This was the basis of him making a nose fracture claim. A broken nose is a very painful injury, and in some cases, can cause respiratory problems, as was the case with the claimant. Furthermore, in some cases, there is a need to set the nose straight, before it heals, so that it does not heal crookedly. In this case, claimant’s nose was broken so severely, that corrective surgery was required before the bone could begin to heal. This led to the aforementioned breathing problems, which the claimant was eventually compensated for.
How Cases Such As This Are Conducted
This case is interesting, due to the diligence of the security officer who was injured, and the simple route to the resolution of the claim. The victim had worked for his employer for over a year and a half. He had been carrying out his daily duties, checking over the premises, giving security warnings to the other staff, observing the behaviour of shoppers, and maintaining order. During the day, he noticed what he thought to be a shoplifter, and decided to take action, as this was part of his job role.
The claimant followed the suspect, keeping a close watch on them, and was able to confirm that the person was indeed a shoplifter. When the suspect left the shop, the claimant followed them outside, and apprehended them. As he gripped the arm of the shoplifter to escort him back inside, he was head-butted in the face, which caused the broken nose. This was the situation that resulted in the claimant finding a personal injury lawyer, to pursue a claim for broken nose compensation. The defendant had clearly been to blame for this eventuality, due to the aforementioned failure in Health & Safety compliance.
What Settlement Was The Security Officer Awarded?
The amount of compensation paid in broken nose settlements can vary quite widely. Much depends on how the injury occurred, and of course, how bad it is. In this case, the claimant was awarded a little over £15,000 which is at the upper end of the scale. The Judicial Guidelines that court judges follow for such claims, states that the suitable compensation range for a broken nose is from £9,330 to £20,280 (including a 10% uplift).
The claimant reached an out of court settlement with his employer. Compensation was sought for the pain and suffering of the injury, the lengthy recovery period, and the problems with breathing. It is unclear whether any provision in the settlement was made for financial losses such as loss of income.
This is a textbook case of a solicitor successfully pursuing a compensation claim for a work-related injury. It was simple to prove that the employer had been at fault, and the testimony of the claimant was not refuted by his employer. The solicitor did an excellent job of winning a compensation settlement that was fairly high, considering the circumstances of the incident, and the severity of the injury.
No Win No Fee Claims For An Assault At Work Leading To A Broken Nose
Accident Claims UK operates as a team of No Win No Fee solicitors, providing a national claims service, to all residents of the UK. Our No Win No Fee service has proven to be successful in winning compensation for our clients, across a wide range of different types of claims.
Understanding the fee structure we use for our claims service, is really very simple. Basically, you don’t pay anything until we win a compensation payment for you. When you come to us with a fresh claim, we charge nothing to take it on. As we are processing your claim, we won’t ask you to pay anything towards your legal fees. It could take many months for us to reach a claim settlement, and there is no cost at all during this time. If we fail to win you a compensation settlement, we won’t charge you anything at all; you walk away having paid nothing. When we do receive a compensation payment for you though, this is when we will take our agreed percentage as a fee, and we will give you the remaining balance.
As you can see, our claims service is a financially risk-free way to pursue a compensation claim for a work-related injury. Call Accident Claims UK today, on the number below, and we can get your claim started as soon as possible.
Start Your Claim Today
If you are ready to engage a personal injury solicitor, to process a claim for personal injury compensation following an injury at work, call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 today. Our team is waiting to take your call. When you contact us, you will be asked a series of questions, the answers to which will give us a better idea of your injuries and the accident that caused them.
Once we know enough to give you informed advice, we will tell you what we think you should do next. In most cases, this will be to use our national claims service, to get you the compensation you are eligible for.
We always explain everything we do on your behalf, and we use plain English to do this, and skip the legal jargon entirely. We are always just a phone call away to answer any questions you might have about your claim, or to get an update on its status.
At the link below, you will find a complete guide to making a claim for an injury caused by an accident at work:
At the link below, you will find a complete guide to making a claim for a head injury caused by an accident:
You will find a PDF document at this link below; it covers many cases of work-related injuries, including those caused by work-related violence, relating to people working in the security industry:
The NHS has published detailed information about broken nose injuries, what they are, how they happen, and the treatment they need, at this link: