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Workers' compensation and work-related assault injuries

According to statistics from Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 2 million assaults occur annually in American workplaces. Some of these assaults result in only minor injuries, while others cause severe suffering. What many New Jersey victims of work-related assault do not realize is that workers' compensation will likely cover their injuries.

On-the-job assault can come from several sources. For example, a disgruntled coworker might start a fight or worse, attempt to take violent revenge on a mass scale. In another example, an enraged customer might strike out at one or more workers. As long as the attack was work-related rather than personal, you can file a workers' compensation claim.

Your claim will provide you with income for any missed work as well as coverage for medical bills and ongoing treatments for your injuries. Best of all, workers' compensation is a no-fault system. This means that even if the injury you suffered was in some way your fault, you can still file a successful claim. However, if you threw the first punch or started the physical altercation, your claim may be denied.

Unfortunately, the 21st century is not as safe as people would like it to be. Sometimes it seems like physical danger is lurking around every corner. It is a good feeling to know that if injuries happen while you are at work, workers' compensation is there to help you recover.

In most cases, it is easy to file a claim, but if you should experience any kind of issues when filing, or if your claim is denied, an attorney can help you achieve your compensation goals.

Source: FindLaw Accident, Injury and Tort Law Blog, "Can I Get Workers Comp If Assaulted at Work?," accessed June 20, 2017

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