Our hearts are heavy for the shooting that occurred at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center yesterday afternoon. The impact of the shooting will have a lasting impact on the family members who lost loved ones as well as the other injured employees and patrons. As a Virginian and a graduate of Regent University Law School in Virginia Beach, I grieve the loss to the community, to the families and to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Since I have practiced workers compensation law in Virginia for nearly 15 years, it became immediately obvious to me that the question will arise about compensation for the victims of the shooting since many of the victims, both those who were injured and those who lost their lives, were working at the time. In addition, it occurred to me that the nature of this tragedy will also likely cause some employees to have post-traumatic stress syndrome which may possibly be covered under the Virginia Workers Compensation Act.
It is important to understand that the victims of the Virginia Beach shooting and their survivors may be able to secure workers compensation benefits if it can be proven that the attacker's actions were motivated by the employment. While it is far too early to speculate about the motivations of the shooter, I have read reports that the shooter was a disgruntled employee. If this is true, victims and survivors may well have a viable Virginia Workers Compensation claim.
If anyone associated with this tragic shooting needs help to understand the legal implications of the shooting and potential entitlement to Workers Compensation benefits, please do not hesitate to email me directly at [email protected] We are here to help.