Every job position has certain risks and occupational hazards that you should be aware of. However, you should also keep in mind that workplace violence is the number four leading cause of work fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Every year, around 3 million workers are victims of workplace violence. The sad fact is that majority of them have no clue that they may be eligible to file for assistance through workers compensation program.
If you have been a victim of workplace violence, here is everything you should know about obtaining your compensation.
It Happens Every Day, Everywhere
Regardless of where you work or what you do, as long as you are surrounded by people, there is a high risk of getting caught in an argument and things becoming physical. That being said, you should always mind your own business and do your job. If you want to make friends, that is completely fine, as long as you don’t start arguing with people.
You never know what kind of a day or week someone had had. Even a single word could cause them to snap and become extremely aggressive.
Eligibility To Obtain Workers Compensation
As long as you received an injury at work and while performing your regular work duties, you are eligible to receive workers compensation benefits. These benefits will help you get back on your feet, and cover for:
- Medical supplies and bills
- Permanent/temporary disability
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
Even if you are attacked by someone who does not work at the same place as you, if you were doing your job at the time you were attacked, you are still eligible to file for workers comp.
Some Are More Dangerous Than Others
There are a few professions that could be in greater danger than others when it comes to encountering physical violence and aggressive behaviour. Typically, these professions involve:
- Delivery drivers
- Service workers
- Customer service
- Healthcare workers
- Law enforcers
In some cases, you could be working in a risky neighbourhood, known for having a high crime rate. Also, you could be working with people who are emotionally unstable or have anger management issues. Sometimes, even ex-cons can cause you problems through intimidation, harassment and other threatening behaviours.
If you spot any such behaviour or believe that you are a victim of it, be sure to inform your employer and your superiors immediately. Contact your attorney and file a claim immediately if you received one or more injuries.
Don’t have an attorney? Consider giving our On The Job Injury Attorneys in Los Angeles a call; you will be given a chance to schedule a consultation, completely free of charge, and learn more about your legal rights and options. You have no obligations to hire any of our attorneys, but if you choose to do so, know that you have nothing to lose as you will only be charged if your claim is successful.