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Does workers comp cover workplace violence?

| Jan 14, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

While it’s not discussed as often as other workplace injuries, workplace violence has injured thousands of employees in Kansas. Here, workplace violence refers to an individual attacking an employee. This could involve one employee attacking another, a customer assaulting an employee or a random act of violence. Workplace violence doesn’t have to take place in the actual workplace; it could also take place while you’re running errands, making a delivery or doing anything else on the clock.

Can you receive workers’ compensation after an act of violence?

Employees are eligible to receive workers’ compensation if they’ve been the victim of violence. Workers’ compensation can help you pay for your hospital bills, doctor’s visits, medication, therapy appointments and lost wages.

To receive workers’ compensation, you’ll have to notify your employer and file for compensation before the deadline. You might have to work with an attorney because insurance companies are often reluctant to pay the full amount that you’re owed. You could also sue your employer if you believe that they’re partially responsible for putting you in danger. For example, if your employer knowingly hires a dangerous individual, you could file a lawsuit if you get injured as a result of their negligence.

What is covered by workers’ compensation?

In addition to acts of violence, workers’ compensation might also cover you if you suffer from burns, broken bones, back injuries, head trauma or another injury at work. You might also be eligible for compensation if your job worsens an existing injury or disability.

Even if you have a solid case, your employer’s insurance company might be quick to deny your claim. They might also deliberately offer a low amount that won’t cover your medical bills. An attorney could help you make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.