If you are hurt at work, what can you expect from your employer?

| Feb 13, 2018 | Workers' Compensation |

If you suffered an injury in an accident at your place of work, you may feel overwhelmed and confused about your situation. California workers have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits through their employer’s insurance, but it can also be helpful to learn more about the process and what you can expect from your employer.

There are certain requirements that employers must meet, and they may not infringe upon your rights after filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you believe that you have experienced a violation of your rights, you can take action to protect your interests and prevent additional harm. When there is much at stake, you have no time to lose in protecting yourself.

Getting fair treatment from your employer

Most employers must provide appropriate protections for their employees through workers’ compensation insurance. Additionally, employers must be very clear with employees regarding how to file a claim and refrain from doing anything that could needlessly delay the claim process.

One of the most pertinent fears that employees have regarding workers’ compensation is the possibility of facing retaliation for filing a claim. It is illegal for employers to do this, but it still happens. Here is what you may need to know about potential retaliation after a workplace accident: 

  • Employers cannot discriminate against employees for filing a workers’ compensation claim, nor can they act negatively against an employee for seeking rightful benefits.
  • If an employer fires a worker for filing a workers’ compensation claim, that employee may be able to take legal action against the employer.
  • Retaliation does not always mean termination. It can also include demotion or a reduction in pay.

If you believe you are the victim of retaliatory measures after filing a workers’ compensation claim, you do not have to face this problem alone. You can fight for your rights with the help of an experienced attorney.

Securing your interests

After a work accident, you may need financial support to cover your medical expenses and your lost wages. You have a right to seek these benefits, and your employer cannot fire you for seeking the benefits you are entitled to.

You can fight back against wrongful termination, discrimination and other forms of retaliation. Obtaining a complete evaluation of your case can help you understand your legal options, which may include a civil claim against your employer.

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