Violence in the workplace may sound shocking, but it is far from uncommon. In fact, according to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), it is the third leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. If you were injured in a violent incident that occurred during the scope and course of your employment, you may be entitled to medical treatment and other benefits. Here's what you should know about workplace violence in Georgia, including how our highly skilled Atlanta workers' compensation lawyers can help with your recovery.

When Violence at Work Causes Physical Injury, You May Be Entitled to Workers' Compensation

The term workplace violence encompasses a broad range of behavior—from threats to homicide—that can come from employers, supervisors, coworkers, clients, customers, vendors, visitors, or others. The system provides medical treatment, a permanent partial impairment rating, and indemnity benefits for eligible workers who are hurt on the Worker With an Injured Arm After Workplace Violencejob. Your ability to collect benefits depends on several factors.

The violent act that caused your injury must have occurred while carrying out your job duties. This means that you could have a claim for benefits if you were assaulted during your shift, but not if you were mugged on your way home.

The violence and resulting injury must have arisen from an issue related to your employment, rather than a personal matter. For example, if you were attacked by a customer because you asked them to comply with a safety protocol, your injuries would likely be covered. However, if you and a coworker got into a fight over a football team or an ex-girlfriend, the resulting injuries likely would not be covered by workers' compensation.

Who started the physical altercation also matters. You may have trouble recovering benefits if you're accused of being the instigator or primary aggressor in an altercation. 

Talk to Us About Your Case

Hurt in a violent incident at work? Contact Rechtman & Spevak today to schedule a free, initial consultation to discuss your Georgia workers' compensation case.

 

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