Hospital Staff At Great Risk Of Attack And Injury While Working

There are millions of people who work hard every day in the UK to ensure that the public are healthy and recover from illness or accidents. Countless medical staff around the country study hard to become doctors and nurses and then work long hours and endure stressful situations in order to save the lives of men, women and children every day. These people are the holy days and have opted for the caring professions because they truly want to help others. Sadly though, their efforts are sometimes not appreciated. The figures show that every hospital in the United Kingdom reported an average of 43 violent attacks on staff each year. Receptionists and porters, nurses, surgeons and doctors, people trying to make others feel better, are constantly at risk of unprovoked attack by unruly patients. Under the Freedom of Information Act, hospitals around the country have shown that patients using the nearest available weapon, a hot drink to a Zimmer frame, in order to cause injury to medical staff. Wales figures show that a worker is attacked every two hours, with an average of 13 attacks per day across the country.

There were about 7,500 complaints of physical and verbal abuse in Wales last year. The reasons for these attacks range from anger on the waiting times to frustration from friends and relatives about visiting hours. About 40% of attacks are alcohol induced with many patients being admitted to hospital with self-inflicted injuries drinking. It is believed that the high figures refer to the fact that staff are now actively encouraged to report any incident in which are threatened or attacked. Under current law people who attack medical staff is likely to receive a charge of assault rather than the crime of serious assault, which is the people are accused of crime after attacking a police officer. Calls are being made attacks on hospital staff to take more seriously after it was revealed that of the 116,000 verbal or physical attacks carried out in 2003, only 50 resulted in prosecutions. The staff is waiting for a zero tolerance approach to violence in the hospital. There are several cases where staff have made successful compensation claims against hospitals where they work.

For example, a nurse made a claim for compensation and received 5000 after being attacked from behind by a patient. She had tried to prevent the patient from attacking another and was then attacked herself. Hospitals have a duty of care, like any other employer, to protect your personal injuries and accidents at work. Although violence appears to be common, should be taken to reduce the risk to people who have dedicated their lives to helping people who are sick and needy. If you have been injured while at work and your employer was guilty or not protect you, then you are entitled to file a claim personal injury compensation. For free legal advice and no obligation evaluation of your claim then call the lawyers’ compensation in 0808 144 00 43. Editorial notes: provides personal injury compensation following a non fault accident. The author: Sophie Evans – Labour Accidents Solicitors offer customers personal injury compensation following a non fault accident. They work on a basis of no win no charge to ensure that customers get 100% compensation. Call 0808 144 0043 for more information about making a claim.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 News