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Workplace violence: Georgia law opens liability beyond workers’ comp

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Twelve percent of all violent crimes committed in the United States occur in the workplace. And Georgia employers face unique legal challenges in their response to such violence.

Reason: The state’s workers’ compensation law includes some unique twists that may leave employers and managers exposed to personal liability in some cases.

Generally, workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy for employees to obtain benefits for work-related injuries. That “exclusive remedy” provision streamlines the benefits process because it’s not necessary to establish who was at fault for the accident. Whether it was the employer or the employee, the policy pays the benefits. No extensive litigation is necessary. At least, that’s the theory.

Potts case causes cracks in ‘exclusive remedy’ doctrine

Recently, fissures have appeared in the exclusive remedy concept that may result in employers facing personal liability for employees’ i...(register to read more)

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