On the morning of Nov. 7, a man described as wearing a black crew-neck
sweatshirt, black sweatpants and a black-and-yellow ski mask entered a
Shell gas station in Hackettstown with the intent to rob it. He was carrying
a metal rod at the time, with which he struck a 45-year-old employee across
the head. The employee was taken to an area hospital, and as Pennsylvania
readers of this blog may know, that man could be entitled to receive
workers' compensation benefits.
When an employee is temporarily or permanently injured as a result of a
workplace accident, workers' compensation is often available to pay
for medical expenses and to make up for lost wages. The benefits are an
important tool in ensuring that employees can ably perform their duties
without worrying about what they will do if they are injured. Moreover,
the benefits are usually available regardless of fault.
In this case, the incident took place at around 2:00 a.m. As workers at
the gas station lock the store after midnight, the robber had to smash
through a glass door before going inside. It was then that he struggled
with the 45-year-old employee and hit him in the head with the metal rod.
Police unfortunately did not have any updates on the current condition
of the employee.
Even though this incident is not a typical workplace accident, as it was
the result of a robbery, the employee was nonetheless injured at work.
Thus either he or his family has the right to seek compensation for his
injuries, which have undoubtedly resulted in medical bills, as well as
pain and suffering. While workers' compensation law can be complex
to negotiate, it is of the utmost importance that those who have suffered
a workplace injury know the full extent of their rights.
Pennsylvania residents injured at work through an industrial accident or
even an accident that took place in an air-conditioned office may not
be fully aware of all the available options for compensating for lost
wages, medical bills, or any pain that may have resulted from the injury.
In cases of a dispute regarding benefits between the employee and employer,
legal consultation may be the best approach to help assess all the facts
of the accident in order to obtain due compensation. Moreover, even simple
mistakes on benefit application forms can lead to a denial of the benefits
or a reduction in their amount, making an experienced point of view all
the more important to ensuring the best results.
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Hackettstown gas station worker hurt in attempted robbery," Sarah M. Wojcik, Nov. 07, 2011