Work Place Fights Are A Common Occurrence


Work place fights are a common occurrence. The question that commonly comes up is whether or not you can receive workers’ compensation for injuries sustained in a fight at the workplace. There is no simple answer as each claim has its own particular facts such as was there neglect by the employer, or a hostile work environment. All of the answers to these questions are taken into account when assessing this type of claim.

Generally speaking, when a fight occurs in the workplace, the instigator in the fight is barred from receiving workers’ compensation benefits. The idea behind this is that the injured employee, as the aggressor, should not benefit from their own poor choices. Determining who started the fight is not always very clear and could require an investigation and analysis.

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