Workers' Comp Claims and Assaults
Claims involving assaults are becoming more prevalent in the area of workers' compensation. Below is a quick reader of what it takes to successfully bring these types of claims.
Assaults in the WorkplaceMost people do not normally associate workers* compensation claims with acts of violence but every year more than 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence. These types of claims are steadily increasing and now workplace violence is the second-most common event in all work-related fatal occupational injuries. The perpetrators of this type of violence are not just limited to co-workers but also customers and even family members. Under the North Carolina Workers* Compensation Act, though, not all assaults at work treated equally.
Do I Have A Workers* Comp Claim?A workers* comp claim involving workplace violence must originate from a person*s employment and occur during the course it, whether the injury happens at work or performing errands for your employer. However, if the assault was personal in nature and not related to your employment then it is not compensable. So, an argument gone wrong with a co-worker or a domestic dispute occurring at work does not necessarily mean that you have a good workers* comp claim. For example, an assault of a supervisor by an angry subordinate who was recently fired would be compensable but if it was an argument over the supervisor sleeping with the subordinate's spouse then it would not be,
What Do I Do Now?If you have been assaulted and injured in the workplace, it*s important to hire a workers* compensation lawyer to handle your case. A qualified workers* comp attorney knows how to challenge denied claims, gather necessary evidence and get you the compensation you deserve.