With all of the school shootings that occur each year, you can understand why workplace violence is a major concern for teachers throughout the United States. Teachers can potentially face attacks from violent students or co-workers, and with the popularity of social media apps, many of these incidents are being captured on smart phones and posted online. In this blog, we explain if teachers can seek financial compensation for violent attacks that happen at work.
Increased Violence in Schools
As we continue to deal with the aftermath of school shootings like the one that occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it is easy to forget that many instances of non-fatal school shootings have also occurred. We also forget that student attacks on teachers are also a fairly common occurrence, as well as teachers suffering injuries while attempting to break up student-on-student violence. Attacks on teachers carried out by their co-workers also happen on campuses across the country. Teachers who work with emotionally disturbed or special needs students often have an increased risk of being injured in a violent attack because of inadequate staffing or improper supervision.
Common injuries teachers sustain in workplace attacks include:
- Bruising and lacerations from being struck, kicked, punched, and scratched
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal bleeding
Compensation for Workplace Injuries
If you are a teacher and you’ve suffered injuries caused by violence at your workplace, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Schools are required to provide a safe working environment for their staff and students. If your workers’ compensation claim is successful, you can use your benefits to cover your medical expenses and lost wages. Stop by our office today to find out how our skilled legal professionals can assist you.