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Who is responsible for paying my medical bills and lost wages if I’m attacked at work?

Generally, there are three parties that may be responsible for paying damages if you are attacked in your office on Euclid Avenue, your medical building on Sixth Avenue, or your other workplace in Des Moines. Those options include the person who attacked you, your employer, and you.

There Are Pros and Cons

Before you decide who to pursue payment from it is important to know what to expect if:

  • The person who attacked you is expected to pay. This may seem like the most logical choice. It is this person who decided to attack you and it is this person who should be held accountable. However, what if this person does not have any money with which to pay you?
  • You are expected to pay. If you fail to take action after your attack then you may need to pay for your own recovery. This may come from your insurance policy, relatives, friends, or your own paycheck or savings account.
  • Your employer is expected to pay. If your employer failed to take reasonable actions to keep you safe, then your employer may be required to pay your damages. The obvious benefit to this arrangement is that your employer likely has the money with which to pay you and the payment is not coming from your own pocket.


Thus, it is important to think carefully about how to pursue compensation for the harm that you have suffered from your workplace attack.

Have More Questions?

An attack can leave you with a lot of questions. You deserve to have all of them answered so that you can make an informed decision about your future. Please start an online chat with us now to learn more.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham