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My wife was seriously assaulted at her work 2.5 years ago.


After a huge amount of hassle, delays, and mis-handling of information, she was eventually awarded £1000.


Initially, the claim had been rejected due to lack of a Police report

- which had already been provided

- and we had to appeal that.


My wife suffered soft tissue damage to her wrist,

a patient had violently grabbed her,

pinned her down on a desk,

and held her there for quite a while before being subdued.


She was off work for 6 months,

suffered PTSD as a result of the assault

and attended several physiotherapy sessions,

and now has developed what is being queried as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which a specialist believes to be linked to the assault.


We believe that very little has been taken into consideration when they (rather reluctantly it would seem) made the award,

especially the PTSD,

and now she has resigned due to her employer not making any attempt to accommodate her in a lighter role as her current position causes a great deal of pain and discomfort and essentially unable to carry out her duties.


We are seriously considering appealing this and would appreciate any advice.

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I'm sorry to hear your wife's traumatic experience. Whilst I empathize with her situation her ex employer does not have to make any accommodations for her legally.

It would be good practice to make such adjustments but they could dismiss under capability.

Maybe your wife is better off away from a company that does not care

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The CICA are notoriously strict with their criteria and levels of award.


Who has diagnosed the PTSD?

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