This blog has covered many of the different aspects of workplace safety, but nearly all of the posts are on the safety concerns that come with construction, manufacturing or office work. Another aspect of workplace safety also includes keeping employees of banks and credit unions safe from robbers and other violence.
When someone in Colorado is injured while at work, whether it was the fault of the employer or not, he or she is eligible for workers’ compensation. This means that anyone who is injured during a bank robbery or suffers considerable mental distress following a robbery may be able to file for workers’ compensation as well. Although this is a natural extension of the workers’ compensation law, it is important to consult a workers’ compensation attorney before applying to ensure the application has everything necessary to be awarded benefits.
After a Public Service Credit Union branch was robbed twice within 5 weeks in the Denver area, it would not be surprising if many of its current and former employees have applied for Colorado workers’ compensation. Although it does not appear that anyone sustained a physical injury following the robberies, many people seem to be traumatized. Many of the employees have quit following the robberies, citing the fear for their safety as the reason for their resignations. In addition, a number of employees have sought counseling services outside of the one morning of counseling they received the day after the robberies.
In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, an injured employee needs to have considerable evidence and a thorough application. This is even more important when the injury is not visible, like the trauma associated with being in the middle of a robbery. Fortunately, a workers’ compensation attorney is able to help an employee prepare his or her application
Source: The Denver Post, “Cost of bank robberies goes beyond the missing cash,” Aldo Svaldi, March 24, 2013
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