Workplace Violence and Premises Liability

What We Can Learn About Premises Liability from the Kennesaw FedEx Shooting

At the Crime Victim Law Group of Deitch & Rogers, LLC, we have represented numerous individuals who were injured by violent criminal activity at their workplace. Cases involving workplace violence are often complicated both factually and legally. It is therefore critically important that a workplace crime victim hire counsel that is experienced in not only representing crime victims generally, but also victims who have been injured at work. The attorneys at Deitch & Rogers, LLC have that experience.

 

The FedEx Kennesaw Shooting: An Example of the Increasing Trend of Workplace Violence

Unfortunately, occurrences of workplace violence have become an all too familiar phenomenon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 11,613 individuals were killed between 1992 and 2006 in workplace violence incidents, and an average of 1.7 million individuals are victims of violent crimes while working in the United States every year.

The 2014 shooting at the FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Georgia is a noteworthy example of the increasing trend of workplace violence. On April 29, 2014, a FedEx package handler opened fire at the FedEx facility, wounding six people. The first person he shot was a 28-year-old veteran who was working at the facility as an unarmed security guard. His injuries nearly killed him and required him to undergo 54 surgeries over the course of the next three years. Working on his behalf, Deitch & Rogers, LLC filed a premises liability lawsuit against FedEx for its lack of adequate security measures and equipment despite having experienced a previous active shooter event at another FedEx facility, knowing that another one could occur at the FedEx Kennesaw facility, and having received prior complaints about threatening conduct by the shooter.

At Deitch & Rogers, LLC we believe employees are entitled to a safe workplace. And under Georgia law, companies have a responsibility to exercise ordinary care to keep their premises safe from known dangers, including workplace violence. If an employee is injured as a result of workplace violence, their employer and/or any other businesses or individuals involved in the incident might be liable for the employee’s injuries. With the help of experienced counsel, a victim might pursue claims for inadequate security, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, training, or monitoring of the violent employee, and/or other claims. In many cases, the employer already knows or should know of the employee’s violent tendencies before a more serious incident occurs. In the case of the FedEx Kennesaw shooting, for example, the shooter’s aggressive behavior had been reported to management but ignored. By uncovering these and other facts, the crime victim lawyers at Deitch & Rogers, LLC were able to achieve a successful result for the victim.

 

Contact Us About Workplace Violence Claims

If you have been shot or attacked at work, you might have a claim against your employer or others. The best way to determine whether you have a claim and pursue it successfully is to work with experienced victim attorneys who understand the relevant law and who will not be intimidated by large corporations or their expensive legal teams. No law firm in Georgia has more experience representing crime victims or is better prepared to represent you than Deitch & Rogers, LLC.

We understand the destructive toll workplace violence takes on victims and their families. Let us help you seek the justice you deserve and turn the page to a new and brighter chapter of your life. The crime victim attorneys at Deitch & Rogers, LLC will get to the bottom of what happened in your case and work tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Contact us today for a free private consultation.

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Workplace Violence and Premises Liability

I have seen Gilbert Deitch in every capacity as a lawyer. I have opposed him in premises liability cases, used him as a consultant and seen his work as a trial lawyer

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