Can I Get Sick Pay?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a coworker attack:

A co-worker in my California workplace attacked me. Does workman’s comp pay or sick pay? And also how long can they keep me from work and or can they fire me also!

Signed, Attacked

DearĀ Attacked:

From what little information your query provides, I have the impression that you are not seriously injured but that you have been suspended from work and are worried that you might be fired. My impression might be way off base and if you are indeed seriously injured and were unjustly attacked, I hope that you will recover and be able to return to work soon.Your brief description of being attacked by a co-worker suggests that there were words and conflict that led up to a physical assault and that management in your workplace is now investigating this. Also your question begs for answers that cannot be answered from this distance except with a “Maybe” and “You need to ask the right person or agency.”How long can they keep you from work and/or can they fire you?

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