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Handgun training at work ends with one worker shot

A worker in another state was shot during a handgun training session sponsored by their employer. The worker was a maintenance worker at a school, which was sponsoring the handgun safety class as an effort to allow faculty to carry handguns in schools. A news report on the incident says the gun misfired and a bullet ricocheted hitting the worker. The person was listed in fair condition after the accident, but it is likely that it will take some time for the person to fully recover. Bullets can do extensive damage to a person's body, and likely require surgery to repair.

An incident such as this might seem out of the context of a workers' compensation claim to some people. However, when an event is employer sponsored, the employer might be held responsible for any injuries that occur at the event. If a worker has to undergo surgery and is forced to miss work, they might be entitled to medical expenses and lost wages.

Whatever the cause of an injury while on the job, people need to be assured that their employers will help pay for expenses when they are injured. People in North Carolina might be wise to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney after a workplace injury. They can help a person understand their rights and work to get the employee the benefits and compensation they need after an accident.

If the accident is as simple as a slip-and-fall or as out of the ordinary as a gunshot wound, people should understand their rights and not have to suffer both physically and financially after a workplace accident.

Source: USA Today, "Texas school worker shot in handgun training session," Doug Stanglin, Feb. 28, 2013

-Our law firm handles workers' compensation claims in North Carolina. Please visit our website to learn more.

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