There are enough concerns for workers trying to do their jobs and stay safe without adding the element of assaults and other violent attacks. According to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was a 20 percent increase in workplace homicides from 2015 to 2016. The 500 reported homicides represented around 10 percent of all deadly occupational incidents across the country in 2016.
The recent shooting at the YouTube headquarters in California may help to draw attention to the problem. Earlier this month, a woman starting shooting at the Bay Area facility before shooting and killing herself. While some workplace homicides are unpredictable, many others follow typical patterns that employers should be aware of in their efforts to provide a safe workplace for employees.
Workers’ compensation benefits are not restricted to accidental injuries
If you are intentionally harmed by a coworker, customer or complete stranger while working, you deserve to be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages and other costs associated with your injuries. Workplace violence may also come with an increased likelihood of psychological trauma and serious bodily injury. It is important to get all the care you are entitled to to maximize your recovery and move on from the incident.
Insurance companies are not known for swift action. Injured workers have medical bills piling up now. They are often not working, so they have no way to pay these bills. A violent incident or major accident may generate headlines and inspire large-scale investigations, but that is no excuse to keep injured workers waiting for their benefits.
Whether your case involves violence or another form of workplace injury, your right to compensation and care does not change. Working with an experienced Colorado workers’ compensation attorney can help cut through the red tape and get you the results you deserve in a timely manner.
Source: Insurance Journal, “10% of All Workplace Fatalities Due to Homicides,” 9 April 2018