Following recent reports of workplace violence, a renewed focus on accessing hazards in the workplace and developing violence prevention measures is likely a top priority among employers across the nation.
Workplace violence may include anything from threats of physical violent, harassment and intimidation to physical assault or even homicide. Every year, thousands of employees are injured as a result of workplace violence, the third leading cause of fatal occupational injuries.
Medical Bill Coverage for Workplace Violence Injuries
When an employee is injured in a violent event in the workplace and the event was inherently connected to the worker’s employment, workers’ compensation may be payable. For example, if a disgruntled employee injures another employee because of a pay dispute or following termination of employment, the injured employee may be eligible for workers’ comp benefits. If an employee is attacked by a customer they may also be covered. If however, the dispute is a result of something in the worker’s private life, not related to employment, the injuries are not compensable.
Many Types of Workplace Violence
- For public facing jobs including professions that provide health care or social services, the risk of an on the job attack is greater.
- Some employees run the risk of a criminal attack, such as robbery, that may result in the injury to a worker.
- Oftentimes, problems between employees or an employee and their employer can reach a breaking point, which can devolve into a physical altercation resulting in injury.
- Diversity of thought, religion, or political views can lead to ideological violence in the workplace. Fights or even riots against a person or organization can result in employees and employers getting hurt.
If you are injured at work due to workplace violence and wish to seek workers’ compensation, it is important to work with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to guide you through the claims process, pursuing maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact the Davenport workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for immediate assistance today at 563-355-6478.