Though most people might not consider careers in medicine particularly dangerous, the truth is that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers face more incidents of nonfatal workplace violence than employees in any other industry. In fact, healthcare workers account for more than 70 percent of violence-related nonfatal workplace injuries reported each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
You May Have Options for Compensation
States all across the country have reported a sharp increase in the frequency and intensity of violent episodes against healthcare workers in recent years and, sadly, Georgia is no exception. If you're a healthcare worker who was assaulted by a patient (or a member of a patient's family), an experienced attorney can help you explore your options for compensation.
After a workplace assault, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits such as medical treatment and partial wage replacement. Informing a supervisor of your injuries as soon as possible jump-starts the claims process and can help ensure you receive benefits in a timely manner. A skilled workers' comp lawyer can help you collect the benefits you're owed.
Usually, workers' compensation is the sole legal remedy for injuries sustained on the job, but being attacked by a patient may provide grounds for a third-party personal injury lawsuit. These legal actions allow you to seek a much wider range of damages, including compensation for pain and suffering, which isn't available in workers' comp claims.
However, unlike workers' compensation, which is a no-fault system, winning a personal injury case requires proving that the defendant owed you a duty of care and breached that duty, resulting in the incident that caused your injuries. An adept attorney can help you build a strong case and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Talk to Us About Your Georgia Workers' Compensation Case
Assaulted while caring for patients? The exceptional Georgia injury attorneys with Rechtman & Spevak can help you protect your rights and explore your options for compensation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation initial review of your case.