Does Workers’ Comp Cover Workplace Violence?

Does Workers’ Comp Cover Workplace Violence?

While workers’ compensation is known to provide medical benefits to workers who have slipped and fallen on the job, or who have hit by falling objects, many Americans aren’t sure whether or not workplace violence is covered.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), American workers have filed more than 2 million reports a year claiming to be victims of workplace violence, and that the actual number is much higher, as many workers fail to report incidents.

When it comes to filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may be eligible as a victim of workplace violence. What makes these claims complicated, however, is that you can only receive workers’ comp benefits if you were injured by a supervisor or coworker (injuries caused by someone who is not an employee, like a package delivery person, are not covered). You must also be able to prove that your injuries were caused by the violent act, which requires extensive evidence.

In order to prove your case and receive the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, it’s important that you contact a workers’ comp attorney who can use their resources to build your claim.

What Is Workplace Violence?

Workplace violence is defined as any threat or act of physical violence, intimidation, or harassment that occurs at one’s place of work, and can range from verbal threats to physical assault and property damage. Sometimes, workplace violence can include homicide.

Some workplaces have a higher risk of workplace violence than others.

Workplaces have a higher risk of violence if they:

  • Work with the public
  • Work with the transportation of passengers or goods
  • Work with money or valuables
  • Work with mentally unstable individuals, like in hospitals
  • Work unusual hours, like late at night
  • Work in high-crime neighborhoods

Alternative Options to Workers’ Comp

If someone outside your company is responsible for the violence that caused your injuries, you have the right to pursue a claim against that person, which is known as a third-party lawsuit. Depending on your state laws, you may also be able to file an independent claim against your employer, due to inadequate security.

Call our workers’ comp lawyer to help you understand your options. Our attorney has the experience and resources needed to look into your case and help you recover damages by seeking maximum compensation.

We Can Fight for Your Full Recovery

From construction workers to professional athletes, Leigh Law Firm is committed to representing all employees in their workers’ compensation claims. Our workers’ comp and personal injury attorney, Alexander J. Leigh, prioritizes his clients’ well-being, and isn’t afraid to go up against insurance companies to achieve the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been injured in an accident or in the workplace, you may be at your most vulnerable. We can provide aggressive advocacy when you need it the most. Whether you need help filing a workers’ comp claim, or need a strong ally in the courtroom, we can be there for you and help you navigate the legal system with ease.

For understanding service in your personal injury case, call Leigh Law Firm at (619) 473-7569, or contact us online. Alexander J. Leigh has represented all types of employees and aggressively advocates for his clients’ rights to compensation.

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