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Our client, Mrs E, was employed as a care coordinator. She was seriously assaulted at work by an intruder on the premises. Her place of work had frequently been mistaken for a neighbouring drug clinic and there was a track record of security lapses and break-ins by drug-users.

Several members of staff had requested the improvement of security including the installation of CCTV and intercoms. These requests had not been met when the our client was assaulted.

Her employers had a duty to ensure that they provided both a safe system of work and a safe place to work and they had failed to do this and as such had exposed their employees to unnecessary risk of assault/injury.

Our client was subjected to a terrifying attack in which she was grabbed by the throat and choked, stabbed with a needle, punched and spat on. The claimant suffered puncture wounds, lacerations, bruising and whiplash as well as psychological injuries. She had feared for her life and then was subjected to 26 weeks of testing for HIV or Hepatitis A and B. 

Since the ordeal she has remained severely traumatised, was diagnosed with post-traumatic-stress disorder and was unable to travel alone or return to work for over a year and has suffered ongoing distressing recollections of the accident. 

The constant fear of future attack led her to changing her physical appearance.

The medical prognosis stated that the claimant would recover fully within 2-3 years of the assault.

The personal injury claim was settled for £45,000.