As a new school year begins, parents are busy preparing their children for class while teachers get ready for the influx of students. Getting classrooms ready, preparing lesson plans, and meeting with school administrators requires weeks of prep time, in addition to the psychological preparations teachers must make to be ready to take command of their classroom each day. While dealing with children and teenagers in a classroom setting can be immensely rewarding, it is not without risks. On-the-job injuries as the result of school violence have become unfortunately common in Florida and throughout the United States, and have the potential to put a teacher’s health and career in jeopardy.
School Violence and Injuries To Teachers
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), violence against teachers has become increasingly common in both public and private schools, and roughly 80 percent of all teachers report being victimized at least once over the course of the school year. These acts of violence range from verbal assaults and abuse, to physical threats and confrontations, as well as actual physical attacks. Teachers pay a heavy toll when it comes to these types of actions in both hidden and actual costs. Ramifications of school violence against teachers includes the following:
- Lost wages and missed time on the job;
- Medical care and treatment for injuries;
- Psychological treatment for abuse-related issues;
- The toll of stress on the teacher’s overall physical health;
- The costs for training and education for teachers who choose to leave the field as the result of intimidation and violent acts.
Workers’ Compensation For Teacher Injuries
For teachers who have been injured or those have become ill on the job as the result of school-related incidents, help is available. Depending upon the nature and severity of your injuries or symptoms, you may be entitled to benefits from the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. These benefits include medical expenses, including psychological treatments, reimbursement for lost wages, compensation for any lasting impairments you suffer, as well as job training if you are unable to return to your former position. If you suffer any type of injury or stress-related illness as the result of school violence, it is important to take the following steps to ensure your rights to workers’ compensation are protected:
- Notify your employee immediately if you are the victim of harassment, intimidation, or a violent assault;
- If you have begun experiencing physical symptoms as the result of verbal abuse on the job, notify your employer as soon as you become aware of the problem;
- Make sure your medical doctor or therapist has documented your symptoms, and follow all recommendations in terms of follow up care;
- Speak to our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys for legal advice on the types of benefits you may be entitled to.
Reach Out to Us for Help
If you or someone you care about is injured on the job or suffers a job related illness, contact our experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorneys today. At Hogan Frick, we provide the aggressive legal representation you need to get the compensation and benefits you deserve.