At the North Carolina Advocates for Justice CLE, Workers’ Compensation Roundtable, Valerie spoke on the topic of When an Injured Worker Commits Suicide. She presented a paper, co-authored with Jessica Leaven, entitled “Violent Death at Work.”
Summary: Each year thousands of acts of violence occur in the workplace. It can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide. While federal and state statutes and agency guidance help prevent workplace violence and injuries in the first place, workers like Ms. McKendall are killed or injured on the job each day. Injured workers and victims of workplace violence may need to utilize an array of remedies provided by federal statutes and state law. This paper discusses violence and injuries in the workplace, prevention, and remedies available to employers and employees.