For everyone Occupational violence is never OK

Adviceline Injury Lawyers recently resolved a claim for a teacher injured during the course of her employment at a special development school. The member suffered physical and psychiatric injuries after an 18-year-old female student became aggressive and physically assaulted her on two separate occasions.

The school was aware of the student’s violent behaviour and failed to appropriately intervene through supervising, suspending or expelling the student, reporting the matter to police, providing staff training, conducting a risk assessment or implementing security measures.

Injuries occurring in similar circumstances are unfortunately too common, yet liability is hard-fought when it comes to a negligence case against the employer. No matter the disability of the students they are employed to teach, all staff must be provided with a safe workplace.

In this case, we were able to secure a settlement for the seriously injured worker without the need to run a court case.

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