A keeper was bitten multiple times by a zebra at The National Zoo in Washington D.C., reported The Washington Post (11.18.13). The keeper was in the animal’s enclosure at the time of the accident. The zebra left him bleeding but conscious and talking. He was taken to the hospital.
The Washington Post reported that it was “not usual protocol for a keeper to be inside the enclosure with the zebras.” Most animals at the National Zoo are managed through mesh fencing. At feeding time, the animals are moved. Only when the keeper leaves the enclosure are the animals put back into the area with the food.
The incident is being investigated.
Workers’ Comp for workers injured in the workplace
Working at a zoo carries its own inherent risks, as there is always a danger when working with wild animals. Their behavior is not always predictable. Zookeepers, too, may not always follow protocol. This may be attributed to a lack of training, rules that changed without adequate notice, or other reasons.
Workers’ compensation in New York is a no-fault system. If an employee is injured in a workplace accident or develops a work-related illness or disability, he or she is entitled to receive benefits. Even though the zookeeper may be cause of the accident for violating the safety protocol, if the workplace injury occurred in New York, he would be eligible to receive compensation for the injury suffered in the workplace. Under New York workers’ compensation laws, New York workers who violate safety policies are still entitled to compensation for on-the-job injuries.
New York workers’ comp laws are designed to help an injured worker with medical expenses, lost wages, vocational rehabilitation and more.
Workplace injuries and New York workers’ compensation
A person who is injured in the workplace must follow certain steps in order to receive his or her compensation. Workers who are injured on the job must first obtain first aid or other medical treatment, as necessary. Then they must file a claim and give their employer notice within a specific amount of time or they may lose their rights to compensation.
The Workers’ Compensation Law ensures that employees generally receive payment from workers’ compensation without regard to fault as long as the injury, illness or disability was related to work. Lawyers at The Perecman Firm can make sure injured workers and/or their families are receiving all the benefits and compensation they deserve.