Every worker has the right to earn a living in a safe environment. Unfortunately, many workers in New York are injured on the job. It is one thing to be injured due to a safety hazard. It is another thing altogether to be injured due to a violent altercation with a customer. These incidents are becoming more and more frequent, and they often lead to serious medical expenses, psychological trauma, missed wages, and other damages. But what can workers do if they suffer injuries in violent workplace altercations? Can they sue?
Target Worker Falls Three Floors Down Elevator Shaft After Scuffle with Shoplifter
On December 8th of 2022, it was reported that a violent altercation had taken place at a Target in the Bronx. The incident involved a security guard and a teen shoplifter. When the shoplifter was confronted, the physical altercation took them through a pair of closed elevator doors. This caused the security guard to plummet three floors down the shaft, while the teen landed on top of the elevator cab. Fortunately, both individuals were rescued. However, the security guard suffered serious injuries and was reported to be in critical condition. This is a stark reminder of just how serious even a brief scuffle can become. It is unclear whether the security guard will file a workers’ compensation claim, although he would be entitled to a fair settlement if he did.
Man Shoots Subway Worker With BB Gun
Also in December of 2022, it was reported that a man had shot and injured a Subway worker in New Rochelle. Police indicate that this was actually a failed robbery and that the suspect pointed the BB gun at the worker and demanded that they hand over the contents of the cash register. When the worker refused, she was shot three times in the torso. Fortunately, first responders quickly determined that she had suffered only minor injuries.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim After a Violent Workplace Incident
If you were the victim of a violent workplace incident, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to provide funds for your recovery. A workers’ compensation settlement can provide you with the money you need to cover your medical expenses. If your injuries are severe, this settlement can also provide you with enough funds to cover missed wages that you might be forced to incur due to temporary or permanent disability. Keep in mind that a workers’ compensation claim cannot provide funds for emotional distress or psychological trauma.
Where Can I Find a Qualified Workers’ Compensation Attorney in New York?
If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced workers’ compensation attorney in New York, look no further than The Glassman Law Group. We are ready and willing to protect workers’ rights in the Empire State. We know that workers can be injured by a range of potential hazards – including hazards posed by dangerous individuals. You deserve to pursue justice and closure after such a traumatic experience, so get in touch today to book your consultation.