When we think of job-related injury or death, most of us imagine accidents involving falls or faulty machinery, but sometimes, workplace violence can be the cause of the trauma that can lead to death benefits. Richmond workers’ compensation attorneys can help you understand your rights.
About Workplace Violence in the United States
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million U.S. workers were victims of workplace violence. Police officers and other criminal justice workers face these risks everyday as part of their careers. Patients or clients under the influence of drugs or suffering from mental illness sometimes attack nurses, home health workers and social workers.
The Consequences of Workplace Violence
Being physically attacked at work is a physically and psychologically traumatic experience that can lead to post-traumatic stress, physical disabilities and other major career-impacting problems for the victim. In some instances, the violent attack may end in death for the victim.
If you or someone in your family has been seriously injured or killed in an incident of workplace violence, you may be entitled to wrongful death benefits through workers’ compensation. An attorney will help you understand your rights and will lead you through the filing process.
Contacting a Virginia Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Workplace violence is a heartbreaking way to lose a loved one. If a family member has died in this type of accident, the attorneys at the Injured Workers’ Law Firm can help you understand your options. Call us today at 804-775-7755. For more information on workers’ compensation, download our Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia.