According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), close to 2 million people become victims of workplace violence annually. In 2010 alone, over 500 workers were killed due to workplace violence. OSHA reports that in many cases assault and other forms of workplace violence can be reduced or even prevented if employers take certain precautions.
When employers put profits first and fail to take adequate security precautions and employees are injured as a result, employees do have the right under Florida law to seek compensation for their injuries. If you have been injured in the workplace due to violence and feel that your employer may have been negligent in protecting you, contact the Flaxman Law Group legal team. Learn about your rights and options before you make any decisions in your case.Examples of Workplace Negligent Security
Negligent security in Miami and across Florida can occur in any workplace. Examples of negligent or inadequate security include:
- Lack of security cameras, security professionals, and other safeguards for workers
- Lack of adequate screening for employees
- Lack of screening for visitors
- Incorrect exit strategy for workers who have been fired. Many cases of workplace violence occur after a worker has been fired or terminated from their work. Employers have a duty to ensure that remaining workers are safe. This may include having a security person escort the terminated worker out of the building and it may include changing locks, passwords, and other safety features that allow access to the building.
- Inadequate reporting procedures for instances of workplace aggression and lack of response to escalating instances of workplace violence. In many cases, workplace violence is preventable because there are warning signs well in advance. If employers do not have a reporting system for harassment, threats, and other warning signs or if they do not address such incidents when they happen, employers may be held liable if workplace violence is the eventual result.
- Lack of adequate policies in the event of violence.
- Lack of awareness or reporting of possible security risks. If threats are made against a company or specific workers or if there are signs that someone may become violent in the workplace, employees should be made aware of the risks. If employers fail to report that risk so that employees can protect themselves, employers may be held liable if violence results.
If you have questions about liability and your case, the Flaxman Law Group legal team has more than two decades of experience in helping workplace victims seek compensation and legal advice. The Flaxman Law Group legal team has helped victims of workplace violence and personal injury victims in Miami and across South Florida fight for justice. The legal team fights aggressively on behalf of injured parties, always seeking the fairest possible compensation on behalf of victims. If you've been injured in the workplace, contact the Flaxman Law Group today to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your situation with a compassionate and experienced personal injury attorney.