For everyone Prison teacher left at risk

Adviceline Injury Lawyers recently represented a TAFE teacher who was injured while working in a prison. Our client had been left to work alone with more than 20 inmates without appropriate means of communication to obtain assistance if an incident occurred. He was not provided with a landline or a mobile phone, a duress alarm, surveillance camera coverage or reliable radios.

As a result, when an inmate backed him into a corner and threatened him, our client feared for his life and sustained a severe psychological injury. He was not able to return to his job at the prison or work at the same capacity as he was working prior to his injuries.

Adviceline Injury Lawyers represented him through a three-week hearing that had to be conducted via video conference due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite the defendants not making any offers throughout his claim and aggressively defending their case in court, we were able to settle his claim at the conclusion of the hearing for a generous six-figure settlement, which removed the uncertainty and stress our client would have had to face while waiting for a verdict from the judge – a process that can often take many months.

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