Are you a victim of Workplace Violence?

When you think of Workers Compensation, most people typically think of someone becoming injured while working – after having an accident.  Perhaps they were injured by a piece of equipment, fell from a ladder, or were involved in an auto accident.

However, workers’ compensation claims can also result from incidents of workplace violence.  The most common examples are those we hear about in the news – this worker opened fire on his former co-workers in Orlando, or search this wikipedia page for a number of prime examples, but frequently it is workers who turn on one-another that leads to the most common examples of workplace violence.

In the article cited above, there are several forms of inappropriate behavior that might tip you off to a potentially violent co-worker:

  1. Waving arms or fists
  2. Excessive profanity
  3. Screaming
  4. Verbal abuse of others
  5. Threats against people or property
  6. Any behavior that intentionally endangers another person
  7. Refusal to comply with a reasonable request
  8. Intimidation, either verbally, physical closeness or gestures
  9. Throwing objects
  10. Intentionally damaging property
  11. Stalking (presumably, after-hours)
  12. Any worker who might be under the influence of alcohol or drugs

If you are the witness of any of these types of behaviors, you must bring it to the attention of your management immediately! Even when brought to their attention, Employers will frequently disregard the complaints of workers.  So you must be persistent when you see dangerous behavior on the part of your co-workers.

There are a whole line of cases in North Carolina that fall within the scope of “Assault and Criminal Activity”.  Some of the cases are compensable, and some are not.  If you or someone you love is the victim of workplace violence, we recommend that you speak with an attorney who can evaluate your claim and advise you on the proper course of action to take.