Workplace Crime Victim Lawyers – Dallas, Amarillo, Abilene
Every year, thousands of people fall victim to crimes in the workplace. Fellow workers, patrons, reckless drivers, or robbers can all make a worksite unsafe for other employees. These types of crimes often lead to serious injuries, mental anguish, or even wrongful death.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed due to a crime at work, the work injury attorneys at Hernandez Law Group, P.C. are here to help you recover damages from the perpetrator. A criminal prosecutor is not concerned about helping you recover damages from the one who caused you harm; only an experienced personal injury attorney can get you the compensation you deserve after falling victim to a workplace crime. Contact us today for a no-obligation, no-fee consultation for your work crime injury case.
Workplace Crime Statistics
Here are the workplace crime statistics according to the most recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Around 572,000 workers fell victim to a violent crime in a single year
- 521 employees were wrongfully killed as a result of workplace violence
- 21% of workplace violence victims were assaulted by a fellow co-worker
- The most common victims of workplace violence were police officers, security guards, and bartenders
- About ⅓ of the victims of fatal workplace violence worked in sales or office positions
What are Some Examples of Workplace Violence?
Types of extremely violent crimes at work include:
- Shoving people off ledges
- Pushing people in front of vehicles
Is Workplace Harassment a Crime?
Workplace harassment can be a crime, provided it meets a couple of qualifications. Firstly, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the harassment must be based on
- nation of origin;
- disabilities; and/or
- pregnancy status.
In addition, for harassment to be illegal, it must be extreme or repetitive. Repetitive harassment may include such actions as constant verbal abuse, insults, offensive jokes, and bullying. Extreme harassment often takes the form of sexual harassment, but there are also other forms, such as serious threats or psychological abuse.
Responsibility for Injuries or Death during a Workplace Crime
If someone gets injured or killed due to workplace violence, it is largely the fault of the perpetrator. This may include a fellow co-worker, client, customer, or robber.
In most cases, the business owner will not be held liable for a person’s injuries or wrongful death caused by workplace crime. This is because – in most cases – they could not be expected to predict the perpetrator’s behavior and foresee that the crime would happen. However, in some cases, the employer may be held partially liable. For example, if an employer hires a felon with a long history of aggravated assault, the employer might be able to foresee that the employee would assault a fellow worker. In this case, the employer’s negligence contributed to the assault happening, so they could be found partially liable.
Worksite Crime Attorneys – Dallas, Abilene, and Amarillo
At Hernandez Law Group, P.C., we have the experience to get you the compensation you deserve for your workplace crime injuries. We will be there every step of the way to make sure that your case is successfully litigated. Juan Hernandez leads our firm, one of the few Texas attorneys board-certified to practice personal injury law. Contact us today and we’ll schedule you a free consultation with our team.