When an injury happens, you have two options:
- Seek workers compensation
- Seek medical attention and move on
Even though it may seem like a normal thing to seek workers compensation, only about 50 percent of all injured individuals end up following that path. The remaining 50 percent do nothing. They simply move on and in the process, lose the chance to gain a substantial amount of money.
The reason is fear of losing the job, fear of retaliation. People are afraid that their employers will turn against them when they file for workers compensation. But is this the case and is your job safe after you file for workers compensation?
We talked with some of the best legal professionals, and here is what we found out.
You Are Protected Against Retaliation
After you receive an injury while performing your regular work duties, you have the right to report the injury to your superiors and file a workers compensation claim. Normally, workers compensation will cover for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages (2/3)
- Disability payments
However, once you file your initial claim, you are protected by the law against any type of workplace retaliation or discrimination. This means that you cannot be fired for filing a claim. In case you do get fired right after doing so, you should consult with an attorney as the circumstances surrounding your termination could point to a type of retaliation. Only a skilled legal professional will be able to investigate and get to the bottom of it. Don’t hesitate to give a call today and Workers Compensation Attorneys in Los Angeles will assist you in recovering the benefits you deserve.
It Is Obvious
Once you file for workers compensation, your employer may start acting differently. You will notice the changes in your next communication with your employer. These things are usually obvious, and your employer will show you that he/she is not happy about it. However, there is nothing that they can do about it. The law is on your side, and even if they choose to interfere or do something reckless (such as terminating you), they will only make things worse.
If you got fired, the first thing you should do is consider the reason for your termination. Were you given a clear reason in the first place? Does it make any sense? Did you do the things that got you fired and was it against the company’s policy? No matter how it may seem at first, even if the reason may sound valid (it usually isn’t), you should consult with an attorney and seek a second opinion. If you don’t have an attorney, Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorneys will gladly help you overcome this issue and help you obtain your benefits and the compensation you seek.
Keep in mind that any change in behavior right after you filed for workers compensation is mostly due to your employer’s unhappiness with your actions.
If they do anything that is illegal or try to prevent you from getting the benefits you deserve, use the law to fight back. Consult with attorneys today, and see what they can do to help you out.