No one ever assumes that they will be the victim of workplace violence, but these types of incidents are much more common than many people assume. Violence and violent incidents in the workplace can be unexpected and frightening, and in some cases can leave victims physically or emotionally traumatized.
If you are suffering from injuries and financial losses related to workplace violence of any kind, you have the right to seek compensation through your Kentucky employer's workers' compensation insurance. Seeking benefits is not always an easy process, and you will find it beneficial to first seek the guidance and support of an experienced attorney.
Who is susceptible to workplace violence?
In reality, almost anyone could be the victim of a violent incident in the workplace. It is impossible to predict human behavior, and the unexpected can happen. For this reason, employers bear the responsibility of implementing measures to prevent violence and promote safety whenever possible. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the following types of jobs may be more susceptible to violence:
- Customer service representatives
- Law enforcement
- Public service workers
- Delivery drivers
- Health care workers
- Workers who exchange money with the public
Nearly two million employees report incidents of workplace violence each year. In order to lower the risk of this happening in your workplace, your employer may implement the following:
- Zero-tolerance policy for violence
- System for recognizing risks and threats
- Evaluating office or job site for potential risks
No one is immune to the risk of workplace violence, but all workers and employees would be wise to know their rights and how to move forward, in case they suffer injuries in the workplace for any reason.
Your rights after an injury at work
Suffering an injury at work can be overwhelming and expensive. In addition to the medical bills you could face, you may also be unable to work due to physical or emotional trauma. Workplace violence may be the reason for your injury, but you may have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits for the following:
- Lost wages from missed work
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
Securing your rightful benefits can be difficult and complex. Navigating the insurance claims process is confusing, and it is quite common to face complications and setbacks. If you experienced any type of injury at work, regardless of the circumstances of the incident, you will find it beneficial to work with a lawyer who can explain your rights and advocate for your interests as you seek a full and fair recovery.