If you are unsure of how to file a work injury claim after being attacked at work, a Missouri work compensation attorney can help you.
There is an expectation of being safe from harm in the workplace. Intentional injury inflicted onto you while at work is generally covered by workers’ compensation benefits. If you are unsure of how to proceed with filing a claim after being attacked at work, a St. Louis work compensation attorney can help you. Under certain circumstances, such as if you were the instigator in an argument, your employer could try and take steps to deny your claim. Cases of workplace violence will fall under one of four categories, depending on who was involved and how the incident took place.
Attack by a Co-Worker
Workers’ compensation insurance a no-fault insurance; however, there is an expectation that individuals working together will not inflict harm on each other, and if you were the instigator, you could be denied your claim.
Attack by a Customer
Dealing with the public at times poses a certain threat and can result in an altercation that causes you physical harm. Depending on the circumstance, you could also be permitted to file a personal injury claim against your attacker. Ask your Missouri workers’ compensation attorney what your best course of action is in order to be compensated for your injuries.
Attack by a Stranger
A stranger attack differs from a customer attack in that most of these are the result of a robbery situation. Even if your job puts you at a higher level of risk for being attacked in a robbery, such as a late-night gas station attendant, you are still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if injured.
Attack by a Family Member
This is also referred to as domestic violence spillover, where a domestic violence situation extends to the workplace. These are complicated situations; a St. Louis work compensation attorney will help you to decide if a personal injury lawsuit is your better option. No matter what the circumstance, bring your case to a St. Louis work compensation attorney for review. Not too long ago a teacher whose knee was injured by an attack by a student was not only able to receive Missouri worker’s comp benefits for her injury, she was also permitted to file a personal injury lawsuit against the family of the attacker.
The presence of a third-party in many of these situations makes it possible for you to receive compensation for pain and suffering when attacked at work. If you are unsure of how you should proceed after being attacked and injured at work, call The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300.