After sustaining a work-related injury in the State of California, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer. In addition to payment of medical bills, this compensation may even cover training for a new job if you are unable to return to your old position, lost wages as you recover from your injury before returning to work, as well as compensation if your injury causes some degree of disability.
However, it can be seen that some employers retaliate against injured employees, and may even fire them. Employer retaliation against injured employees who file a workers’ compensation claim typically stems from financial concerns, as multiple compensation claims can increase your employer’s insurance premiums. In many cases, termination is just one form of compensation. the retaliation the employer may take.
Employers in extreme cases have tried to falsify compensation paperwork, or require employees to use their personal insurance coverage to cover work-related injuries, or try to convince employees to falsify statements about where the injury occurred, say that the injury occurred at home rather than at work. The timing of job termination is also important in legally determining whether retaliation has occurred.
For example, if your employer fires you shortly after the workers’ compensation insurance company denies your claim, the court may rule that this constitutes retaliation. Retaliation is illegal, and if your employer has tried to threaten you for filing a worker’s compensation claim, you have the right to pursue legal recourse.
If you suffer a work-related injury, be sure to file your workers’ compensation claim within the legal deadlines, as failure to do so may harm your rights. If you were injured at work and are in any of these cases, it is very likely that you will need legal advice or representation to obtain the benefits to which you are entitled, so it is advisable to contact a lawyer dedicated to compensation cases at worker (Workers’ Comp). This article is not intended to serve as legal advice. It is for informational purposes only.