Do I have to pay for a solicitor

I work with vulnerable adults, one of whom attacked me. His family have now lodged a complaint against me for attacking him, despite previous assaults being recorded on staff, and I understand that I will be interviewed by the police (possibly even arrested and interviewed under caution). I have lodged a report of the assault on me with the police. If I am arrested or even just called in for an interview should I have a solicitor and if so do I have to pay for one?
15:29 Sat 25th Feb 2012
 
Best Answer


No best answer has yet been selected by lankeela. Once a best answer has been selected, it will be shown here.

For more on marking an answer as the "Best Answer", please visit our FAQ.

1 to 13 of 13

Will your employers, or trade union, not help you?
Question Author
Not in a union and employer not doing anything other than a phone call asking if I am ok and trying to reassure me that my job is safe (although I know they would have no say if I was charged and convicted). Haven't been suspended (yet!) and still working with the other vulnerable adult.
Lankeela, has this all been recorded at your place of work? an assault on an employee should be recorded in the employers' accident book, always. Your employer should be supporting you in this - I would go and ask them to come with you, if I were you. They should have liability insurance - employers' and third party - which has legal cover, to pay for a solicitor for you. The insurance company should be informed too, straight away, in case a claim of some sort arises (on top of the police charge).
mmm. difficult - i would imagine you would be entitled to at least the duty brief if you were arrested, but not sure about if you went voluntarily for an interview. please check back with your employer about the support you are entitled to - i can't imagine they can expect you to weather this situation alone, particularly if you work in other people's homes. i wish you well (having been in this position) but i work on a ward and am a member of a union, so have no other practical support to offer you. x
boxtops explains your employers position far better than i could. they must be offering you more support, imho. x
Its a very worrying time for you, fingers crossed that the police see sense especially when other staff members have been attacked by the same individual. Thinking of you. Wishing all goes well !!
Question Author
Thanks for comments. It is a very small set up, just the two residents, and the one in the case has been removed. Interesting about the insurance comments, I have been reading up (as you do!) and think this is something I will be enquiring about. Yes, it certainly is worrying, to the extent of waiting for the 'knock' on the door.
-- answer removed --
-- answer removed --
I agree with boxtops. I used to manage a community team in the NHS and would expect to fully support any member of staff who was attacked. If the client was known to be violent, then a risk assessment (I know yawn) should have been done and a plan put in place to minimise the risk to you and to the client. If you were in there doing your job then your employer should be putting themselves between you and the police.
TBH if the client has a history of violence and you were there doing your job, I cant see the family getting far.
Excuse me for asking but i assume that any physical reaction from you to the attack was "reasonable self defence in the circumstances"?
Question Author
Thanks, police interviewed client who admitted assault and no further action to be taken. One hell of a good diet though, lost nearly two stone in a couple of weeks!
brilliant, lankeela, although you shouldn't have been put through that amount of stress with poor support from your employers in the first instance. i'm so happy that you can now get on with things x
That's great news - now go and a cake or three :)

1 to 13 of 13

Related Questions

My ex is taking me to court for £7000.00 .I am beside myself after all that he has put me through .He has been convicted of breaching a non molest and recieved a suspended sentence ,a fine and a...
Hi, About 6 years ago my mother said she wanted my name on her 3 houses along with my brother. I told her I did not want anything to do with it because I did not want to be obligated to her because...
My friend took his wife's lease car and crashed it he's uninsured and unlicensed. He has had previous convictions for driving without a license but nothing in the last 8 years. He's not driven in that...
Hi everyone I hired a solicitor to help with financial matters/ancillary relief proceedings. Final hearing which was booked for one day,couldn’t conclude and DJ ordered another day of Final Hearing....
I want to take my husband to court and represent myself as i dont qualify for legal aid and i cannot afford solictors fees for this, where do i start i need to get the ball rolling and fast, do i...

Latest posts