The people of Aurora may have been shocked to learn of a horrific shooting in the 1800 block of South Havana Street earlier this week. The victim was an employee of an adult store and had been at work when the suspected gunman entered the store and shot the individual working. Aurora police are still looking into the crime, as well as what could have caused the suspect to shoot the employee.
While this is clearly a criminal act, the employee who has sustained a life-threatening work injury should be eligible for workers’ compensation as he recovers from being shot. If, unfortunately, he is unable to survive these injuries, his family members may be able to claim dependency and death benefits.
It is true that the owner of the store likely did not even consider someone entering the store and shooting one of his or her employees, but that does not mean that an employee is exempt from workers’ compensation. The workers’ compensation system in Colorado does not require fault, which means that anyone who is injured, even if it is no one’s fault, is able to collect benefits.
Police are still hoping to learn why the suspect would shoot the employee of a store, and they are not sure if this was meant to be a robbery.
While most people in Aurora hear stories like this and immediately think about the criminal ramifications of shooting an innocent person, they may not think about the difficulty that can follow a life-threatening shooting. The employee may never be able to work again or, if he can, it may take a considerable amount of time before he is able to. During that time, he will likely need his workers’ compensation benefits as he tries to recover.
Source: The Denver Post, “Worker shot in Aurora adult store, possibly in robbery attempt,” May 20, 2013