If you are one of the nearly 2 million workers who reported being injured by workplace violence over the last year, you may be able to file a workplace violence lawsuit. Workplace violence can affect employees in any industry, and it is defined as an act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening behavior that occurs at work. Workplace violence is in the top-three causes of fatal injuries in the US. An experienced attorney at the Wieand Law Firm, LLC can help you understand your rights as a victim. We can help you file a workers compensation claim or workplace violence lawsuit.
Who is at Risk for Workplace Violence?
While any worker can be at risk for workplace violence, some industries and work factors put employees at higher risk. Workers at high risk of workplace violence include:
- Employees exchanging money with the public
- Employees working with volatile people
- Employees working in isolated areas
- Employees providing services and care
- Employees working where alcohol is served
- Employees working late at night or in high-crime areas
Some examples of higher-risk occupations for workplace violence include:
- Health care workers
- Delivery and Taxi Drivers
- Customer Service Representatives
- Law Enforcement Personnel
- Public Service Workers
Workplace Violence Perpetrators
Workplace violence can be committed by anyone who comes into contact with the employee during their work, including:
Colleagues – when a co-worker, supervisor, or manager is targeted by a current or former employee
Customers – employees can be victimized by customers, patients, or other person they are providing services to during their work
Personal – when a personal contact of an employee initiates violence in the workplace
Criminals – when a violent crime, such as a robbery, occurs at a workplace
Workplace Violence and Workers Compensation
If you were injured by violence in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC has workers compensation lawyers who can help advocate for you and seek the maximum reimbursement for injuries sustained from workplace violence. Our lawyers can help an injured worker understand their rights by having full access to an experienced attorney well-versed in this type of law. The insurance companies will work to minimize the damages for the employer; we recommend having the support of an attorney who is looking out for your best interests.
Workplace Violence Lawsuit
If you have suffered a workplace violence injury and are not eligible for workers compensation, you may another legal option. You be able to file a workplace violence lawsuit against your employer for negligence if you demonstrate that the employer knew of the threat but didn’t take actions to prevent it. A civil lawsuit is only an option if workers compensation does not cover the expenses from your injury.
What Should I do if I am a Victim of Workplace Violence?
If you have been threatened, harassed, or if you are victim of physical violence at your workplace, make sure you report the incident to your employer. It is important that documentation of the incident is recorded. If your employer fails to address the violence, you should contact your local police jurisdiction for additional assistance. You should also contact the Wieand Law Firm, LLC for additional guidance. Call us at 215-666-7777 or send us a message for a free consultation with one of our experienced workplace violence attorneys.