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Every month, a reader asks one of our sponsor legal experts about a work-related issue. These building trades law professionals respond in an Organized Labor exclusive. This month’s expert is Zachariah Hansen of the Arns Law Firm. Ask Zachariah a question at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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I was assaulted by my co-worker and am now unable to work. What are my options?

Generally, any injury suffered due to workplace violence entitles the injured worker to all benefits available under workers’ compensation law. As long as the injured worker was not the initial aggressor, the injuries will generally be found compensable. Additionally, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against your co-worker, or against your employer depending on the co-worker’s role within the company.

If you have been the victim of workplace violence, you should first immediately notify your employer about your injury so that your claim is reported to the workers’ compensation insurance company, and so that you can start to receive medical treatment benefits. Next, consult an attorney that specializes in both workers’ compensation and personal injury laws to learn more about your options.

-Zachariah Hansen, The Arns Law Firm, San Francisco, CA
Ask Zachariah a question at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on work-site accidents and
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“Interaction via “Ask the Expert” does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Any advice given is neither legal advice nor does it serve as a replacement for hiring an attorney. In addition, any case results mentioned or discussed are not guarantees of similar results.”


Zachariah Hansen

This Month's Expert; Zachariah Hansen

Zachariah Hansen has proven himself as an indefatigable litigator who has obtained outstanding results for the clients of The Arns Law Firm. Zach was actually a student in Bob Arns’ trial practice class at the University of San Francisco Law School for 3rd year law students. After the class was completed, Bob was so impressed with Zach’s ability, great heart for the cause, and calm demeanor in the heat of battle, he offered Zach a job. Zach has been dedicating his legal career to helping people who have been injured obtain the compensation they deserve.

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