Workers’ compensation is, in a sense, a form of insurance for workers; indeed, with workers’ compensation, when they get sick or injured on the job, their medical costs will be taken care of and part of their salary will be awarded during their period of recovery. Of course, if permanent disability results, partial wage replacement can become indefinite. Workers’ compensation protects against accidental injuries such as slips and falls, transportation accidents, burns, chronic overuse injuries, and more. It is awarded whether it was the employee’s fault or the employer’s fault. But what happens when the injury was caused intentionally by a coworker or another third party? The answer to that is yes, workers’ compensation will kick in if you were intentionally hurt by a coworker, client, customer, or any other person. If you were hurt on the job, you are most likely eligible for workers’ compensation. If you were injured due to occupational violence, do not hesitate to call an attorney immediately.
Violence to Workers in the Healthcare Field Tops the Charts
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and reported by Security Info Watch, in 2014, 52 percent of workplace violence was directed at those who were employed in the healthcare and social assistance industries. Moreover, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that in recent surveys it was reported that:
- In a 12-month period, 21 percent of registered nurses and nursing students were physically assaulted and 50 percent were verbally abused;
- In just a seven-day period, 12 percent of emergency department nurses underwent physical violence while 59 percent experienced verbal abuse; and
- In a 12-month period, 13 percent of all employees who worked in Veterans Health Administration hospitals were assaulted.
According to OSHA, in just a single year one hospital system required medical treatment for 30 nurses that amounted to just under $100,000 in medical costs and lost wages. While physical injuries are of great concern, emotional and psychological injuries can be just as damaging. If you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, or another psychological form of trauma due to the violence you encountered at work, workers’ compensation can help pay for treatment and wage replacement if you need to take time away to recover.
Violence is the Third Leading Cause of Workplace Fatalities in Maryland
Intentional violence by another person made up 21 percent of all Maryland workplace fatalities in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This is a surprisingly high percentage, close to that of transportation accidents, which made up 28 percent of fatalities, and falls, slips and trips, which made up 22 percent. Contact with another object or equipment made up 15 percent, meaning that violence was the third leading cause of occupational death in 2013.
Call Maryland Workers’ Compensation Attorney Tara K. Frame
No matter the type of physical violence or emotional trauma you have experienced at the workplace, you deserve workers’ compensation to help heal. Contact the compassionate and experienced workers’ compensation attorneys of Frame & Frame today at 410-255-0373.