Any worker can experience workplace violence, but some occupations, such as social service workers, healthcare personnel, and emergency responders, are at a much higher risk of violence. Many workers sustain serious injuries in these assaults and they may even be permanently disabled in an attack. Workplace violence can be costly for employers and employees alike.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace violence is defined as any threat or act of:
- Physical violence
- Sexual assault or rape
- Verbal abuse
- Other threatening and disruptive behavior
Workplace violence is a real threat. Homicide is a leading cause of death of U.S. workers and is the number one cause of death for female workers in the U.S. Often, workplace violence goes unreported.
Risk Factors of Workplace Violence
Workplace violence can occur in any field, but there are factors that affect the risk of violence. These factors include:
- Working with unstable individuals
- Working with mentally ill patients and their families
- Exchanging money with the public, such as a bank teller or cashier
- Working in an isolated area or on solo shifts
- Working late at night
- Working where alcohol is served
- Delivery jobs, including food delivery, mail carriers, and courier positions
- Working in the healthcare industry
- Working in law enforcement
Workers’ Comp & Workplace Violence
If you or a loved one has been injured by workplace violence, you may be eligible for a workers’ comp claim. Personal conflicts that result in violence typically aren’t eligible for workers’ compensation, even if the assault occurred at work or you were attacked by a coworker over personal issues. If the conflict grew out of your relationship as coworkers or the disagreement was related to work, you may be able to file a claim.
Our San Jose workers’ compensation lawyers can help you determine if you are eligible to file a workers’ comp claim. If you are able to file a claim, our team at the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin can help you file your claim and document the cause of your injury. Don’t wait to get help! We have been protecting the rights of injured workers in Northern California for more than 25 years.
Contact our firm to learn how we can help you. Schedule your free initial case evaluation today.