Workplace Violence & Workman’s Compensation

We tend to think of workers’ compensation cases as accidents, But what about workman’s compensation and violence?

There are four generally recognized areas of workplace violence, according to HRDailyAdvisor.blr.com. Criminal intent is when the perpetrator isn’t necessarily connected with the company or employees, but is violent and commits a crime. In some situations, a customer or client is the perpetrator. The third type is when an employee attacks another at work; and lastly, when the perpetrator has a relationship with an employee, but not the business.

Reports show that professions like law enforcement and healthcare have higher numbers of workplace violence.
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When housing is part of a worker’s wages

A recent Eustis news development has brought to light certain aspects of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law. We thought it was a good time to revisit what happens when room and board is included as part of a worker’s wages under an employment agreement.

The story: Florida’s Lake County Commission approved a plan for a farm to build a dormitory for laborers from Central America. Liner Source Inc. is a family-owned, wholesale plant nursery. The proposed 46,000-square-foot building would house nearly 200 farm workers working on H-2A visas. On this kind of visa, laborers can work in the U.S. for up to 10 months.

What happens, then, if a worker is getting housing from his or her employer, and is injured on the job? Read more

Report injuries now, not later

One of the most important factors in a workers’ compensation case is handled by the employee — reporting the injury. The fact that the injury occurred at work must be documented.

Injured on the job? You have 30 days from the date of the injury to report that fall, laceration, sprain or burn to the employer, no matter how minor the injury appears. Your employer will then complete a First Report of Injury form and have you sign it. The employer sends the form to the workers’ compensation insurance company. Read more