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Will my employer punish me for pursuing workers’ comp?

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2020 | Firm News

When you suffer a work injury, you have a lot of concerns. How long will it take you to recover? How long will it take to receive workers’ compensation? You also may have another worry: Will your employer punish you for filing a workers’ compensation claim?

Workers’ comp and retaliation

One thing you should know about worker’s compensation: It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for reporting a work injury and filing a workers’ compensation claim. That means you can’t lose your job for a work injury or getting workers’ comp.

You also should know that your worker’s compensation claim doesn’t directly impact your employer.  Your company won’t know the specifics of your injury costs because their workers’ compensation insurance provider handles your claim.

What if I was partially at fault?

Even if you were partially at fault for your workplace accident, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation. The only disqualifiers for receiving workers’ comp are

  • If your injury didn’t occur at work
  • If you were intoxicated or high on drugs when your injury occurred

If you were partially at fault for your workplace injury or need help to get your workers’ compensation claim accepted, you should consult with an attorney. An attorney with experience handling workers’ compensation claims. You want to ensure you get the money you need to cover your lost wages, your injury costs and your recovery.