01 June 2011
Compensation of £100k awarded following incident at work
Personal injury compensation in excess of £100,000 has been awarded to a woman following an incident at her workplace.
Barbara-Ann Ellis had to undergo three separate rounds of surgery after being scarred for life when she was bitten by an asylum seeker while working at the immigration department of Gatwick Airport - the UK's second largest airport which employs some 25,000 members of staff - for G4S.
This occurred in August 2006 as Ms Ennis was part of a team detaining Sylvia Fileingoshisho, who was resisting and was also later found to be HIV positive.
Medical examinations have since shown that the 40-year-old worker - who left her post in 2007 due to physical and mental issues following the incident - has not contracted the disease.
Following her award, she urged employers to improve safety standards in workplaces and added: "Since the attack, my life's been like a living nightmare I can't wake up from."
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Posted by Richard Saunders