Does Workers’ Comp Cover Injuries Caused by Workplace Violence?By Kenton Koszdin on December 28, 2021 | In Blogs
Most states cover workers’ compensation for workplace injuries and incidents, but does it cover injuries or damages caused due to workplace violence?
What is Workplace Violence?
From physical to emotional violence, workplace violence covers a large spectrum. It may start as acts of intimidation or verbal threats and spiral to a full-on physical attack. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace violence is now the third leading cause of fatal work injuries in the United States.
The victim is eligible to receive worker’s compensation in such cases unless they initiated or triggered the incident.
Here are a few other conditions that should be met to claim workers’ compensation benefits:
- The injury occurred while at work and during the active employment period.
- The injury or harm was willfully caused, or the victim was specifically targeted for the act of violence.
- The incident resulted in the victim suffering from a disease or disability.
- The individual is unable to work due to an injury or a medical condition that arose owing to the conditions of their employment.
A rise in harassment cases has compelled employers to take major steps in creating a safer environment for their employees. However, research has shown that some professionals are still at high risk of violence, especially people who often work alone or during late-night hours in high-crime areas.
Some common fields of work where employees need to be extra careful are:
- Customer services representatives in various industries.
- Medical or health care professionals, especially those running private clinics.
- Delivery drivers, cab drivers, or other carpool service providers.
- Money exchange or money transfer service providers.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits or need help filing for compensation, our experienced team of lawyers is here to help. They will guide you through the process and make sure that your claim is submitted correctly and in a timely manner. Call 800-438-7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, workers’ compensation attorneys in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.