Workers’ Compensation and Sexual Assaults

Sexual assault victims may qualify for workers’ compensation in Virginia. There are several requirements that must be met. A local workers’ compensation lawyer can help you determine if you qualify.

The Requirements

  • The assault must be a sexual assault as defined by Virginia law
  • It must occur during the course of employment and while the victim is an employee
  • The victim must promptly report the assault to law-enforcement authority
  • The nature of the employment has to substantially increase the risk of a sexual assault

Other actions are also allowed

In lieu of pursuing the workers compensation claim, if the victim can identify the attacker, he or she can bring a civil action against anyone responsible including the employer, a co-employee, or any other attacker. This is the one exception to being able to sue one’s employer in Virginia.

Talk to a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Norfolk to Learn More

Attorney Joe Miller has represented thousands of accident victims during his more than 25 years of practice. If you’ve been hurt on the job in any way, you need a great attorney fighting for you to help ensure that your rights are upheld. If you’ve been assaulted while working, you may have the right to bring a workers’ compensation claim and in some cases, other claims as well. To learn more about the compensation that may be available to you and what can be done to help you in your pursuit of justice, contact Norfolk attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., today by calling (888) 694-1671.