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Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Explore Assault and Violent Acts

September 16, 2015

Violence in the workplace is a serious problem that affects many employees across the United States. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly two million American employees report having been the victims of workplace violence each year. Many more cases unfortunately go unreported. Workplace violence can strike at any time and in any workplace.

The term "workplace violence" encompasses an array of dangerous behaviors, such as physical violence, harassment, intimidation and other threatening behaviors that occur on the jobsite. For approximately 500 workers across the country, workplace violence reaches the ultimate height and results in death. For women, homicide is the leading cause of death on the job. In whatever form the workplace violence manifests, it is a major concern for employees and employers in Georgia and nationwide.

Georgia workers who become the victims of a work-related attack or assault may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits that could provide compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and more. At times, the injured employee may be able to seek a recovery outside of the workers' compensation system, often from the party responsible for the violent act or another liable third party. Injured employees should seek the representation of a Georgia workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible after the attack to protect their legal rights.

Liability for Work-Related Violence

Workplace assaults can usually be divided into two categories: assaults involving co-workers and assaults caused by a third party. Co-worker assaults can involve work related arguments and can occur in nearly any workplace. Assaults by third parties while on the job are most likely to occur among employees who work with others as a part of their job, such as police officers, prison guards, nightclub bouncers, security guards, hospital orderlies and the like.

Liability for workplace related assaults can be complex. The individual who actually committed the violent act is directly responsible for the injuries, but the employer can be held accountable for the injuries if he or she knew or should have known the co-worker was violent, did not provide enough security, or knew the job entailed the possibility of third party attacks.

Most injured employees will be able to seek compensation for their assault related injuries through the workers' compensation system. The employee will need to establish the assault was work related in nature and did not stem from a personal issue with the attacker. Some assault victims will additionally be able to seek compensation from the third party who caused their injuries, if applicable.

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.