“I was injured at my job when a recently hired co-worker lost control of himself and punched me. Do I have a claim against my employer for hiring someone unstable?”
The short answer is yes. This type of incident would be covered by Worker’s Compensation. Your employer’s Compensation Carrier will cover your medical bills and pay you lost wages while you recover from your injuries. Depending on the type and severity of your injuries, you may be entitled to a settlement at the conclusion of your Compensation case.