Workers' Compensation & Wrongful Termination: Know Your Rights
Experiencing an injury on the job can be emotionally taxing and missed work can cause financial stress. To make matters worse, many people may put off reporting an injury out of fear for their job security. It is important to remember that an employer cannot take action against you for filling a workers’ compensation claim. Doing so would be considered a retaliatory action and is against the law. If you have been injured in the workplace, it is important to know your rights and take action to ensure you get the restitution you deserve.
After experiencing an injury at work, you must inform your employer as soon as possible. By waiting to report an accident, you may forfeit your right to seek coverage under workers’ compensation. Many insurance policies set forth precise procedures that employees must follow to remain eligible for restitution. Additionally, health care providers can screen for work related injuries and may refuse service for those who have not filed a workers compensation claim.
While many workers know that it is illegal to discriminate against employees, many may not know that it is also illegal for an employer to act in retaliation against an employee. Retaliation occurs when an employer punishes a worker for actions they are legally allowed to perform. It is well within your right to report workplace injuries and your employer cannot legally terminate your employment to avoid a workers’ compensation claim.
If you suspect that your employer has taken or is preparing to engage in a retaliatory action, it is vital to begin building a case as soon as possible. By documenting any emails, phone calls, and personal interactions that are related to your suspicions, you can strengthen a potential claim and help prove that an employer acted against you in retaliation.
Take Action and Contact the Alvandi Law Group
If you believe that you have been fired because you reported a workplace injury, call the Orange County workers’ compensation attorneys at the Alvandi Law Group. We have recovered over $100 million for past clients and can tell you what legal recourse may available to you. Our skilled lawyers have more than a decade of experience in workers’ compensation cases and are prepared to put their expertise to work for you.
Call our offices at (800) 980-6905 and discuss your case with us for free.