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Robbery reflects failure to maintain a safe working environment?

When California residents think of workplace injury, robbery typically doesn't come to mind. In most cases, a company's failure to maintain a safe working environment or things like an industrial accident are the commonplace considerations when the term "workplace injury" is used. However, a motel employee who was recently injured in an armed robbery may have a different opinion.

According to police, a female motel employee was confronted by a man armed with a black handgun wearing a dark hoodie. The man demanded money from the hotel employee and struck her before taking a bank deposit bag with an unnamed amount of cash inside. The slender man, who was wearing a black and white mask, fled the scene. However, he is believed to be in his early 20s. The female employee was taken to a local hospital for treatment, and was released.

As odd as it may seem, cases like this happen more often than people may believe. Incidents like this one can be somewhat confusing in terms of workers' compensation. It is possible that, by not providing some form of protection, the motel exhibited failure to maintain a safe working environment. And while this may or may not be the case, the employee did suffer injuries while on the job.

All speculation aside, the female employee could be eligible to file a workers' compensation claim as a result of her ordeal based upon the employer’s apparent failure to maintain a safe working environment. In this case, a workers' compensation claim may help offset the cost associated with her hospital visit. Anyone in California who has been injured on the job is eligible to file a claim for compensation. Because the claims process can be complicated, many employees choose to seek the assistance of a legal professional to ensure all the bases are covered.

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Source: fox11online.com, "Motel employee injured in armed robbery," June 29, 2013

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