How should workers respond to violent incidents on the job?

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Some jobs obviously come with a risk of workplace violence. Those working in law enforcement or loss prevention know that they may face violence on the job. However, workers in a broad assortment of professions may end up hurt due to the violent conduct of others.

There has been a noticeable increase in violent incidents reported at hospitals and educational institutions in recent years. Retail workers are also exposed to violence when customers become agitated or someone attempts to rob a store. People in almost any profession could face violence from random members of the public or from coworkers who become angry about their employment arrangements.

How should someone injured by a violent incident on the job respond to what has transpired?

By reporting the incident

One of the most important things a worker can do after experiencing violence on the job is to notify their employer. The failure to report a violent incident could be a major mistake. Staying silent may eliminate any consequences for a co-worker who was inappropriate and might affect the injured worker if they later discover that they may need workers’ compensation benefits. The sooner someone notifies an employer, the greater the chances that the company can take appropriate steps in response to the incident.

By seeking medical care

Some people recognize immediately that they have concerning injuries after a violent incident at work. A broken bone or injury caused by a weapon is impossible to ignore. Other people might have injuries that take time to develop symptoms. Someone punched in the head, for example, might only show signs of a brain injury several days later. Unless the incident was incredibly minor, it is often worthwhile to seek medical evaluation to rule out the possibility of serious injury when someone becomes violent.

By filing a workers’ compensation claim

While an employer might not be directly to blame for a violent incident on the job, fault doesn’t factor into benefit eligibility. Workers’ compensation coverage applies to most job-acquired medical issues. Even if it is clear that the business is not to blame for the incident, the worker might still be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Those benefits can pay for their treatment and can also replace their wages as they require a leave of absence while they heal.

Realizing that workplace violence could lead to workers’ compensation claims may help employees take the right steps after an incident at work. Those who know their rights can work to secure the benefits they deserve and diminish their personal losses caused by the misconduct of others.

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