Workplace Violence Statistics
Usually when we think about workplace injuries, we think of accidents: falls, fires, auto collisions, or mechanical problems that occur without anyone trying to harm anyone else. However, workplace violence is frighteningly common in the U.S. It is important that those who were injured due to workplace violence know their rights in regards to workers’ compensation claims.
Statistics on Violence in the Workplace
Consider some of the following sobering statistics about workplace violence:
- A 2005 report by the U.S. Department of Labor stated that about 5% of private industry businesses had at least one incidence of workplace violence in the previous year.
- Nearly 9% of those companies that experienced workplace violence had no plan in place for how to handle workplace violence.
- 50% of large businesses (those with 1,000 or more employees) had an incidence of workplace violence in the previous 12 months.
- Between state government, local government, and private industry, state government had the highest rates of violence.
Workplace violence jeopardizes the safety of all workers. If you have been the victim of a violent attack at your place of work, you should not be financially responsible for the costs of medical care or all of your lost wages.
If you were involved in an incident of workplace violence, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including coverage for medical care and financial compensation for time without pay. For assistance in finding out the maximum benefits you could receive in your situation, call the Morehead City workers’ compensation lawyers of the Law Office of Sam Scudder, at 919-851-3311 today.