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Assaulted by Coworker and Fired from My Job…

Submitted By: Tina (Elkton, MD)

I was brutally assaulted by a co-worker and knocked unconscious, hitting the concrete while unconscious he continued to hit me. There are witnesses. I had no chance to defend myself. I have serious injuries and was told I need to see a medical specialist. I have no money to pay for this type of medical care (we lived paycheck to paycheck and I have 2 children).

The day after my accident I was told not to come back to work and did nothing to the guy who assaulted me. Apparently someone told him I said something which I didn’t, but yet I was fired. What can I do? Do I have a viable lawsuit against my coworker and/or employer? Thank you for any information you can give.

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Answer

Dear Tina,

You may have a legal claim against your coworker, but to have a claim worth any substance you will have to have documented medical injuries. The first thing to do is see your local doctor and determine if you are injured, and if so, what those injuries are.

The same would apply to your relationship with your employer. Unless you were working under a written agreement of employment, or your employee manual affords you the right to appeal a termination you may not have a valid claim against your employer for either wrongful termination or personal injury.

Hopefully at the time of the assault you contacted the police. Filing a criminal complaint would be very supportive of your claim. If the assault took place and the person who assaulted you was arrested, the arrest would also be quite important to your claim.

If the person who assaulted you was arrested and placed on probation, part of his probation requirements should be to pay you for your medical costs and resulting treatment.

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 10, 2011

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