Have You Been Injured And Assaulted On The Job?
After an assault at work, you may not know what to do. You may feel frightened about returning and wonder how you’ll pay your medical bills and make up for lost time at work. At Krivitzky, Springer & Feldman, our workers’ compensation lawyers and personal injury attorneys have more than 85 years of combined experience in the law. If you’ve been injured in an assault at work, our team can help you understand your rights under New Jersey workers’ compensation and negligence law. We assist you in pursuing all possible sources of compensation to which you may be entitled for your medical bills, temporary disability for time out of work, and compensation for permanent injuries.
Types Of Work-Related Assaults
Most workers don’t expect to be injured due to violence in the workplace, but unfortunately, it happens all too often. Generally, work-related assaults fall under one of two categories:
Assaults involving a coworker: Conflict can escalate into arguments and become physical. If a fellow worker assaults you on the job, you may be entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries and a portion of lost wages. Additionally, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who assaulted you at work. In this lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for various damages, such as pain and suffering, and emotional distress, which don’t apply in workers’ comp claims.
Assaults related to the nature of the job: Workers in some professions run the risk of being assaulted each time they go to work. Nightclub bouncers, security guards, parole officers, probation officers, police officers, correctional officers, EMTs, and hospital workers may all face the danger of an assault at work. If you were assaulted in the course of your duties, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries. You may also have a valid third-party personal injury lawsuit against the person who assaulted you or another entity, such as a security company.
Our attorneys understand that each workplace injury case is different. We provide the personalized attention you need to get your story heard and hold all responsible parties accountable for their actions.
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Injuries Sustained In Workplace Assaults
If you’ve been assaulted on the job, you may suffer physical injuries, including broken bones, contusions, a concussion or other head injury, or lacerations requiring stitches. It’s not uncommon to experience psychological injuries, such as PTSD or anxiety. Assault and aggravated assault, such as an attack with a deadly weapon, are criminal acts. In addition to the person who hurt you being charged with a crime, they may be liable for any damages caused by their actions.
Generally, injured workers aren’t permitted to sue their employers in New Jersey. However, your employer has a legal responsibility to provide a safe workplace and keep employees free from danger. Depending on the specific circumstances, for example, if your employer failed to prevent an attack from happening, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit for damages caused by your assault at work. Our attorneys assess the facts of your case and determine whether employer liability plays a role in your claim.
Act Quickly to Protect Your Rights
Establishing that your injuries were caused by a work-related assault is critical to secure workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer may claim that you’re not eligible for workers’ comp in a workplace assault case. After any workplace injury, it’s vital to seek medical attention right away. Report the incident to your supervisor employer or HR department. Take pictures of your injuries and log everything you remember about the incident while it’s clear in your mind, including what occurred before the attack and any witnesses who may have been nearby. Seeking the counsel of our experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers after an assault at work can ensure your rights and interests are protected.
Contact Us After An Assault On The Job
If you’ve been injured by an assault at work, our team at Krivitzky, Springer & Feldman can help. Call us at 201-798-2711 in Jersey City or 973-874-0556 in Newfoundland, New Jersey. We’re happy to answer questions or schedule a free consultation when you call us or contact us online. Our attorneys offer hospital and home visits if your injuries make it hard to get around. Evening and weekend appointments are also available.
Our Jersey City and Newfoundland workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers have years of experience representing injured workers in various counties throughout New Jersey, including Hudson, Passaic, Bergen, and Essex counties.
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