Convenience Stores Robberies and Work Injuries in North Carolina

It seems like everything is open 24-hours a day. Convenience stores might be some of the most popular of these establishments. They might also be some of the most dangerous, especially for the workers.

The truth of the matter is that employers are to take steps to help to protect their employees. Our Charlotte workers compensation attorneys urge employers to take some simple safety precautions to protect workers — safety precautions that can save lives. Some of these steps might be to make sure that there are safe parking lots, safe lighting, security cameras and even an alarm system. It’s also important that no one is working alone at night. When you think about it, there are actually some common-sense resolutions to help to reduce the risks of a robbery at these convenience stores.
A good question for a store owner to ask is ‘do the rewards of staying open all night outweigh the risks that are associated with operating during this time?’ Unfortunately, this is a question that’s oftentimes ignored until a robbery or another work accident happens. According to the latest stats, workers in convenience store are more likely to be the victim of a homicide or a robbery than any other job occupation other than taxi drivers.

In these kinds of incidents, it’s oftentimes innocent and hard-working families that are impacted the most. Many of these workers come from low-income families and do not have the funds to deal with the repercussions. This is where an experienced attorney can often help. Experienced representation can help you to get the benefits that you deserve and the benefits that can help you to move forward from one of these devastating work incidents.

Although nothing can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, an attorney can help families in the wake of a fatal work incident. When you think about the costs, they add up quickly. You’ve got to deal with burial costs, which can run at least $8,000. The spouse of the victim is entitled to receive close to 70 percent of weekly pay, but no more than $500 a week and with a cap of $150,000. The children of a worker who has been killed on the job are also entitled to death benefits. They can receive these benefits until they’re 21-years-old if they’re enrolled in college. The average cost of a robbery, one single event that’s categorized as workplace violence, is about $300,000 in damages.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, convenience store robberies account for close to 10 percent of all of the robberies that are reported to police officers. There are some locations that are at higher risks that other, too.

If you’re ever the victim of a robbery, you’re urged to not resist. When you try to fight back, you face higher risks for injury and fatal violence.

Have you or a loved one been injured on the job? Contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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