When violent actions occur at work, the impact often extends beyond the employee or employees who are injured. Co-workers who have witnessed violent acts often experience stress, anxiety and fear as a result of what they have witnessed. If you are struggling with anxiety, fear, stress or depression after witnessing violence in your place of work, you may also have a claim.
In a perfect world, it would go without saying that our workplaces should be safe and that the threat of physical violence wouldn’t exist. Unfortunately, according to the US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety & Health Administration nearly 2 million employees report experiencing workplace violence each year, in fact homicide is “currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States.” And “homicide is the leading cause of death for women in workplace.” Our workplaces just aren’t as safe as they should be and if you have been injured as a result of workplace violence, we can help.
Depending on what happened, you may have a number of different ways to recover for your injuries and ensure you are compensated for what happened to you. At Dial & Associates we can help you understand the laws around workplace violence and can help you pursue claims
- Against the person who perpetrated the violence,
- Under workers’ compensation laws, and/or
- Against your employer for failing to protect you.
Violence in any situation often leads to criminal investigations and charges, which means you may also be asked to testify in a criminal case against the person who injured you. Having an attorney in your corner can make the claims process much easier and can provide you with advice if a criminal case is pursued.
Injuries at work often negatively impact your financial position, as a result, we handle all workplace violence cases that involve civil claims on a contingency fee bases. That means that if we accept your case, you will not be required to pay us out of pocket for our services.
If your case includes a claim for workers’ compensation benefits we will handle that claim in accordance with California law and can wait to get paid through a portion of your workers’ compensation benefits, this means that you don’t have to worry about paying for our services out of pocket and we aren’t paid until your claim is resolved and our fees are approved.
If you have been injured as a result of violence in your workplace, you want to work with an attorney who understands this particular area of the law. With Harvard Law School graduate Stephen Dial, you can rest assured you will be given the best course of action for your case. At Dial & Associates we offer free consultations and are happy to answer your questions and help you understand your choices after being exposed to or injured by workplace violence. Call us today to learn how we can help.
We are located in Orange County and handle workers’ compensation cases throughout Southern California including, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego and Riverside counties. We offer free, no obligation consultations and are available to answer your questions and help you understand the workers’ compensation process whenever you need us.