Workers’ compensation provides benefits to employees who are injured while working. But workers’ compensation doesn’t just cover injuries from an accident, it may also be available to employees assaulted at work.
Being attacked in the workplace is, unfortunately, a reality for some employees. Whether it’s a customer, client, or co-worker who becomes violent, the consequences can be deleterious and long-lasting. Workers’ compensation benefits can help assaulted employees cover the costs of medical treatment and lost wages.
In Florida, as in other states, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. Thus, you may receive compensation even if you contributed to causing an injurious event. But an exception to this rule is that you cannot receive workers’ compensation if you initiate a physical assault. You can defend yourself from an attack but you cannot be the aggressor. Proving that another person was the aggressor can be difficult and complex. Your attorney can help you assemble the necessary evidence to meet this burden.
The procedure for filing a worker’s compensation claim in Florida is the same regardless of whether the injury resulted from negligence or from an intentional assault. These are the steps you must follow:
A skilled Florida workers’ compensation attorney will gather the necessary evidence to support your claim. If it is opposed, your attorney can attempt to secure you benefits by litigating your case before the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims or by negotiating a resolution with the insurance company. In addition, it may be possible to take legal action outside of workers’ compensation, against the person who assaulted you and in limited circumstances, against the employer
At Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis in West Palm Beach and Stuart, we are experienced in all aspects of Florida workers’ compensation. We will thoroughly assess your case and guide you through your legal options. Call our office at 561-471-2800 or contact us online today for a free initial consultation.