Many people understand workers’ comp pays for injuries at work. If you have an injury within the scope of your work, you’re covered. But what about workplace assault? Assault injuries at work are usually covered by workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
In Pennsylvania, workers’ comp is necessary for employers with one or more employees. Workers’ comp is insurance coverage to cover employee injury-related expenses. This includes medical bills and loss of income.
What Is Workplace Assault?
Assault is an act of intentional harm. Physical forms of assault are a criminal act. In the workplace, there are three common categories of workplace assault. OSHA reports 2 million workplace assaults happen each year. It is the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the US.
- Criminal assault
- Customer on employee assault
- Employee on employee assault
Criminal Intent Assault
Criminal intent describes someone that has no official business with the company. A robber or a shoplifter might injure an employee. The criminal has no business relationship with the employer or employee. Many times, criminals intend to hurt someone.
Customer On Employee Assault
Upset customers might act in an unreasonable and dangerous way. We’ve seen videos of customers throwing hot coffee on cashiers. Or, customers knocking over shelves of merchandise. This kind of assault is complicated by the business relationship a customer has with the business.
Employee On Employee Assault
Employee on employee assault is a serious matter. If you’re assaulted by a co-worker, you might be eligible for workers’ compensation.
Does Workers Comp Cover Workplace Assault?
Many times, workers’ comp will cover expenses related to assault injuries at work. This can include loss of income, medical expenses, and more. A workers’ comp lawyer can explain your options in a free consultation.
When To Talk To A Lawyer
If you have a work-related injury, talk to an experienced lawyer right away. Your consultation is completely confidential. But, you’ll get valuable information to protect your rights and financial future.
Haggerty & Silverman
At Haggerty & Silverman, we help injured people. You don’t pay us anything unless we recover money for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.