Visitor Question

Psychological Trauma After Multiple Robberies…

Submitted By: Dawn (Bolivia, NC, USA)

I work as an office assistant at a grocery store. I’ve been there for several years. The store was robbed twice at gunpoint within two weeks of each other. I was the one that they pointed guns at and they demanded me to open the safe both times. During the second robbery one of the men put his hands on me and pushed me.

I’ve been under a lot of stress from this. I am constantly paranoid. I can’t sleep. I wake up in night sweats and shake often from all this. I have even lost my appetite and am very depressed. I was even made to take a polygraph test. I passed that but it made me feel like they thought I had something to do with it and I didn’t.

I suggested after both robberies that the store needs to put up cameras on the outside of the building and nothing has been done yet. The second robbery they had someone come in and adjust the inside store cameras. The store hired an armed guard only until the first of the year. They should have taken precautions the first time it ever happened.

I think I’m going to have to go see a doctor (psychologist or psychiatrist) because of all this. Is there a case here?

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Dear Dawn,

You have certainly been through a Traumatic time.

It is altogether possible you may be experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome.

That diagnosis can be made by either a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist.

It would be in your best interest to consult with one or more of them at the earliest possible time.

You may also have a legitimate legal claim against the store owner. If you are serious about pursuing a legal claim you should really seek other employment immediately.

Although the court may understand your hesitance in seeking other employment in this terrible economy, it will be hard for you to impress upon the court your dread and fear of working at the store if you are still working there.

In other words, if you are still working at the store the Court will wonder how you can be so afraid and upset about being there and still keep coming back.

The old idiom “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” applies here.

Regrettably, if you want to pursue a legal claim you should really consider finding another job at your earliest convenience.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: November 9, 2011

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