According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over 2 million workers become victims of workplace violence each year. Every worker is at risk, since violence can happen anywhere at any time. But what kind of compensation can you receive for your injuries? If you’ve been a victim of workplace violence, don’t stay quiet. Stand up for your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Speak with a trusted workers’ comp attorney today to learn more about your rights and what course of action you should take.
What is Workplace Violence?
Did you know that homicide is the fourth leading cause of worker deaths in the United States? It’s a shocking statistic, especially when you take into account the fact that most worker violence goes unreported.
Other examples of workplace violence include any threat or act of:
- Physical violence
- Sexual assault
- Verbal abuse
Workers At Increased Risk of Workplace Violence
Factors that put you at an increased risk for workplace violence include:
- Working late at night
- Working as a delivery person
- Working in high crime areas
- Working with unstable people
- Exchanging money in public
- Working where alcohol is served
- Working in the health care or social services industry
- Working in law enforcement
Common Workplace Violence Injuries
Many workplace violence injuries are “soft injuries,” like bruising, black eyes, swelling, scrapes, bloody nose, etc. However, “hard injuries,” such as concussions, fractures, broken bones, gashes, herniated disks, and life-threatening internal injuries are also possible.
Contact a Massachusetts Workers’ Comp Attorney
A workers’ compensation claim is one of the routes you can take to get justice. You could also file a third-party liability suit or file a criminal complaint against your attacker. You have many options. To learn more about your legal rights, fill out our free case evaluation or call us at (617) 379-0016.