An employee involved in this type of high-stress situation may develop a psychological condition such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to the experience. PTSD is a mental health issue brought on by a life-threatening event. The affected person can experience the event or witness it. Someone with PTSD may experience nightmares and flashbacks and spend a lot of time thinking about the event.
Separation of Physical and Psychological Conditions
Suppose an employee has been physically injured in a workplace shooting and develops PTSD. In that case, the workers' compensation insurance company should pay benefits for the PTSD since the employee experienced a physical injury in the event.
If an employee claims they developed PTSD after a workplace shooting but was not physically injured, their claim for workers' compensation benefits will likely be turned down. In Georgia, the rule is that workers' compensation doesn't cover psychological injuries independent of physical injuries.
Surviving Dependents May Be Eligible for Workers' Compensation Benefits
Workers' compensation benefits in Georgia don't necessarily stop when a worker dies. Suppose an employee dies due to a work-related injury. In that case, the surviving family members could be entitled to compensation for lost wages and funeral expenses.
Workplace Shootings Are on the Rise
Workplace shootings are still, thankfully, rare occurrences. However, the number of these types of events is increasing in frequency. Now that employees are returning to the workplace, workplace violence may continue to grow.
Consult an Experienced Workers' Compensation Attorney
Suppose you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace shooting incident. You may have questions about a possible workers' compensation claim or the benefits you or they may be entitled to. The helpful workers' compensation lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak have the experience required to provide assistance. Our skilled legal team is happy to answer your questions to ensure you and your loved one understand their rights and all available options.
Contact our Atlanta law office today by filling out our online form or call 404-355-2688 to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.