One has only to scroll through the websites of any mainstream media news feeds to read shocking reports about widespread incidents of workplace violence. Some of these deadly acts appeared to be targeted, while others instead seem totally random.
When working with the public, employees never know when they may encounter someone who simply cannot control their temper, and they can easily get hurt.
Workplace violence can lead to serious psychological injuries as well as physical ones
After such an incident of workplace violence, even those who never suffered any physical injuries can be left with severe trauma. Dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very real consequence after these incidents. These employees will need both time off of work and resources to process the events to attempt to return to a semblance of the people they were before their lives were brutally changed by this tragic violence.
Workplace violence doesn’t necessarily involve weapons or death
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), workplace violence encompasses all acts or threats of violence. These can include not just physical assaults but verbal abuse on the job.
Those most at risk for an incident of fatal on-the-job violence are those who work in protective services, transportation and sales. Nonfatal violent episodes occur most often to those working in social services and the health care industries.
Help is available for victims of on-the-job violence
If you were adversely affected by workplace violence, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits as well as potentially other assistance. A workers’ compensation attorney can answer your questions and assist you with your case.