Employees who suffer harm/ injury from violence in the course of their employment have three ways to claim compensation.
1. Taking out a private prosecution against the perpetrator of the violence.
2. By suing the employer.
3. Submitting a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
You only have one bite at the cherry!
It is not possible to make more than one application where compensation is concerned. So, don’t get rushed down the wrong road!
Taking out a private prosecution against the perpetrator
Suing the offender is a course of action only ever taken if the offender has the capability to pay the ‘damages’ claimed.
Suing the employer
The Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 places a duty on employers to take out and maintain approved insurance policies against liability for bodily injury (or disease) sustained by their employees in the course of their employment.