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 job. 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.
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