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What should you do if you are a victim of workplace violence?

There are some careers where people go to work every day with the understanding that they could be hurt -- police officers, security guards and bouncers, for example. However, too many people in seemingly safe jobs experience workplace violence.

Just recently, two journalists were shot and killed while doing a live on-air report in Virginia by a disgruntled former employee of their news team. While the killing occurred after the shooter had been terminated from his job, his employers said that when they fired him, they called police to escort him out of the television station.

While that was an extreme and tragic incident, workplace violence is not as unusual as we would hope. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says "nearly 2 million employees are victims of workplace violence each year."

If you are injured by an act of violence in the workplace, you should, of course, seek medical attention and make sure that your injuries are documented. Your employer should already know about the act. However, regardless, you should notify them in writing.

You may be eligible for workers' compensation if you are injured by a violent act in the workplace. You may also be able to hold your employer liable in civil court if the attack was perpetrated by a co-worker or a customer and you can show that not enough was done to ensure your safety.

Even if you are attacked in the workplace by someone in your personal life (a current or former significant other, for example), you should seek legal guidance. Employers have an obligation to provide a safe workplace for their employees.

Regardless of the circumstances, if you are a victim of violence in the workplace, it's essential to take action as soon as possible. An experienced Georgia workplace injury attorney can help you assert your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Can I Get Workers Comp If Assaulted at Work?," Le Trinh, Esq., accessed Oct. 08, 2015

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