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Student Teacher Violence Stunning Increase May Affect Workers Comp


Stunning Student Teacher Violence Report

The stunning student teacher violence increases may affect Workers Comp in the future.  The National Center for Education Statistics recently published a study – Indicators of School Crime and Safety – 2013.

Picture Of Student Teacher Violence Teaching

One of the more shocking statistics pulled from the study was student-on-teacher violence increased by 34.5% from the previous year. The study results came from a survey given to teachers every year.   Over 5% of the teachers reported physical violence perpetrated by a student.

What does Salt Lake City Utah have to do with the study?  There were more than 209,800 attacks by students in the 2011 – 2012 school year.  That number actually exceeds the population of Salt Lake City Utah.

Violent attacks by students often result in the teacher filing a Workers Comp claim.  States such as North Carolina have a Teacher Violence Act that actually pays the teacher for up to one year of full salary + benefits in these cases. Many teachers cannot return to a classroom after suffering a violent attack by a student.  Moving the teacher to a nearby school system has worked in certain cases.

The post violence act benefits would then have to be picked up by the Workers Compensation carrier if needed.  Having worked with many school systems nationwide, the return to work situation can become very complicated in such cases.

I had attempted to compare the student teacher violence statistics with the BLS  Bureau of Labor Statistics injury and illness numbers.

The BLS had these numbers (number of injuries per 100 secondary education workers):

  • 2009    .7
  • 2010    .7
  • 2011    .7
  • 2012    .4

There was no proper way to assess how many teachers that reported acts of violence by students actually filed Workers Comp claims and did not return to work.

The violence mentioned in this article does not refer to student-teachers.   All statistics mentioned are students perpetrating violence on teachers.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

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