Workplace Injuries

No one wants to think about getting hurt on the job, but it happens every day. Each year thousands of people suffer workplace injuries and file Workman’s Comp claims. If you’re injured in the course of performing your job duties and through no fault of your own, you’re entitled to compensation through the Workman’s Compensation program. This program is intended to provide financial support to people rendered unable to work due to a workplace injury. Many people are afraid to apply however, mostly due to the perceived job loss threat that comes with it. While there is no proof, anecdotal evidence suggests that workers who are out on Workman’s Comp appear to be let go from their jobs at a higher rate than uninjured workers.  There are reasons for this, for example the company may feel that the worker can no longer adequately perform their duties due to their injury, or the worker may have filed claims on several occasions, leading the employer to think they are a liability or abusing the program. Sadly, Workman’s Comp abuse is common and those who do make things harder on those who legitimately need it. Whatever the reason, it is not legal to fire or lay off someone for getting injured on the job, so if you believe this has happened to you, seek legal counsel right away.

 

A good work injury lawyer can help you understand and protect your rights under labor and Workman’s Compensation laws. You may be entitled to back pay, punitive damages and even job reinstatement if your employer is indeed guilty of terminating your employment due to your injury. If you weren’t terminated, but felt pressured into quitting that is also illegal. Your employer cannot refuse you reasonable accommodations to make it easier for you to perform your job duties after your injury, or insist you work in obvious unsafe conditions, nor can that make your job unpleasant. That is what is called creating a hostile work environment and it’s illegal. If you find yourself in this type of situation, document everything. Keep a log of dates, times, people and a detailed description of each incident. This will be invaluable if you need to go to court. You have rights, and your lawyer will help you insure that if they’ve been violated, you get the justice you deserve. Talk to a lawyer today about your workplace injury issue so you can start on the road to recovery.