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Managers, supervisors, and other authoritative figures in the workplace hold a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for workers. Removing potential threats to the safety of their employees is an important role, but thousands of workers find themselves the victims of violence at their jobs each year. According to statistics gathered by the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, 572,000 non-fatal violent incidents occurred in the workplace in 2009.
If a manager, company, or other party negligently disregards the safety of employees, they could face liability for any resulting injuries. For instance, if a company is in a rush to fill a position and hires an individual with a known criminal history of violent behavior, ignores the concerns of employees, and a worker is assaulted by the new hire, the negligent manager may be responsible.
This is referred to as a third-party lawsuit, and the laws surrounding this type of claim can be complex. You may be up against a large and intimidating corporation or facing pressure at work regarding the assault, but the guidance of an attorney at your side can be invaluable in putting your mind at ease.
The most common injuries inflicted through workplace violence include soft tissue damage to the face and head, including bruising and cuts, but the damage can be much more severe. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, an average of over 700 employees were killed in workplace homicides between 1992 and 2012.
Even those who have already pursued a worker’s compensation claim may also be able to file an additional civil claim. An injury sustained through an assault in the workplace could force victims to shoulder a range of costs, including medical bills and lost wages from time missed at work.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a fellow employee at the workplace, an attorney may be able to help you seek out compensation. The lawyers of Adame★Garza have assisted a wide range of workers through the processes surrounding workplace assaults, and they can answer any questions regarding what may be ahead of you. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.