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Airport shooting highlights dangers in the workplace

In the tragic aftermath of the recent shooting at the Los Angeles, California, airport, the nation is reminded of just how dangerous going into work may be.
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    January 25, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Airport shooting highlights dangers in the workplace

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Every morning, millions of Americans head to work to put in their "nine-to-five" and return home like any other day, expecting to do it again the next morning. For most people, the workday is the most predictable routine they experience. However, in the tragic aftermath of the recent shooting at the Los Angeles, California, airport, the nation is reminded of just how dangerous going into work may be.

The Transportation Security Administration is charged with providing effective and efficient security for passenger and freight transportation in the United States. They tend to be a "front line" for those entering airport terminals, assisting in ensuring a safe environment for airport employees and patrons. Not surprisingly, those charged with ensuring the safety of others, are often the ones at risk of harm. reports the terror-filled account of the two TSA officers who were shot while at work, and the one officer who tragically lost his life in the shooting. Authorities say that, according to eyewitnesses, a gunman calmly walked up to people at the airport, asking if they were TSA agents. When the reply was "no," he moved on. The man who was fatally shot is considered to be the first casualty among the TSA agents, since the agency was formed. The suspected gunman was subsequently shot in the chest, and was quickly detained, as explained by the Los Angeles police. The suspect is 28 years old, and reportedly had expressed both "anti-federal government sentiments" as well as anger specifically towards the TSA. Reports indicate that his family had been recently concerned about "rambling texts" sent from the suspect to his brother, expressing general unhappiness, as well as discontent with the government.

The two TSA officers who were wounded, but lived, were reported to be in fair, and critical condition, respectively. While no one expects to be injured at work, let alone shot at work, statistics indicate that workplace shootings are fairly common.

Workplace homicide statistics

According to a 2010 publication by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "an average of 564 work-related homicides occurred each year in the United States" from 2004 to 2008. Among these numbers, those in the retail trade accounted for the highest amount, followed by leisure and hospitality, and then government. Of course, these numbers only include those who were killed in the shooting, so numbers are even higher when including those who were injured from shootings at work.

For those who are injured at work, whether it be from a more "typical" type of work injury, or injury caused by a shooting, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Among the types of workers' compensation benefits are compensation for medical treatment for injuries, money for the purpose of assisting with recovery from the work injury, financial assistance for those who are required to train for a new job or position, disability compensation to replace lost wages, and survivor benefits where the injured worker lost their life due to a workplace injury.

If you have been injured at work, it is vital that you contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney. Your lawsuit, and potential recovery may be limited in the case of injuries caused by a criminal attack of another person, like that experienced at the Los Angeles, California, airport. Seek the guidance of an attorney today.

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