Baltimore Workers Comp Lawyers: Workplace Violence Continues to be a Concern for Employers, WorkersJanuary 2, 2015
Workplace injuries resulting from intentional violence, as opposed to accidental, are far more commonplace than many people realize. Violence in the workplace can emerge in many different scenarios: night shift workers assaulted in poorly-lit parking lots, tellers and cashiers held up and heated arguments between colleagues ending in blows.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), workplaces averaged more than 700 homicides per year between 1992 and 2010, and they weren’t limited to the environments you might expect. Homicides were quite evenly distributed among common occupations:
- Transportation and material moving jobs
- Protective service industry
- Sales-related occupations which experienced the highest rates of violence
Workplace violence is not, of course, limited to homicide. Acts of nonfatal violence occur an estimated half a million times annually. Sometimes employers simply don’t anticipate violence. And just as often, the violence could have been prevented.
Workplaces in Maryland and throughout the country have a responsibility to protect employees. If you’re concerned about a potentially violent coworker or if you believe your workplace environment is not safe from outside violence, inform your supervisor in writing and keep a copy as proof that you raised the issue.
If you are exposed to violence in the workplace and believe it could have been prevented, you may be able to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for any injury or emotional harm you suffer. Often, courts find an employer or company at fault for neglecting to take adequate steps to prevent violent incidents from occurring. Consult the Baltimore workers comp lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. to learn more about your legal options. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.