Accidents happen at work. A box falls on someone’s head. A machine breaks causing injury. An employee hurts his back lifting equipment. Those are the common/typical way we think of someone getting hurt at work. What if violence occurs in the workplace causing an injury to an employee? Does the employee receive workers’ compensation benefits if they are shot at work by a co-employee? What if the employee is assaulted by a customer? If an employee is injured while working in the line and scope of their employment, then they will be covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. In other words, if the employee is performing his job duties, is injured, then workers’ compensation benefits apply.
We have previously written about work place violence and the workers’ compensation claim on NomBlog: WORKPLACE VIOLENCE: IS IT COVERED BY WORKERS’ COMPENSATION? In this video, Bernard discusses workplace violence and the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act.