Workers’ compensation benefits can be a godsend for those who have been injured at the workplace and can now no longer work. They’re meant to help workers recover efficiently so they can return to work, supplying them with medical care, supplemental job displacement help, and temporary or permanent disability benefits.
However, being on workers compensation doesn’t necessarily protect you from being laid off or fired. It could be the last thing you’re expecting to happen to you after you’ve endured enough suffering for your injuries, but it remains a possibility.
When Firing an Injured Worker is Illegal
In many cases, it’s perfectly legal to fire or lay off an employee who is out on workers’ comp. One example is if an employer was already planning on laying off a large number of people, including you, at the time of your accident. In addition, if your disability prevents you from being able to do your job in the future, it’s also within your employer’s rights to fire you.
However, there is one particular case in which your employer would be in the wrong to let you go. Employers are not allowed to terminate employees because they applied to be on workers’ compensation. When an employer punishes an employee in this way, it’s called retaliatory termination, and it’s against the law. While difficult to prove, hiring our team of experienced lawyers is necessary so we can look for the evidence we need to build your case.
Does Workers’ Comp End After Being Fired?
Once you’re fired, your most urgent concern might be whether or not your workers’ compensation benefits will end, too. Fortunately, the answer is no. You’ll still be able to receive your benefits until you’ve recovered, or until you’ve reached maximum medical improvement.
We’re Here to Help
Recovering from a personal injury at the same as filing a claim can be incredibly stressful. You can trust our personal injury attorneys at Price, Petho & Anderson P.L.L.C. to help out by representing your legal interests. You deserve to be fully compensated for what you’re going through, which is why we can build a strong case and advocate aggressively for you. Those at fault should be paying for your medical bills and lost wages – not you. And if your employer fires you while you’re on workers’ compensation, our team can also examine the situation to determine if they’ve wrongly let you go.
Call Price, Petho & Anderson P.L.L.C. today if you’ve been injured in an accident or at work at (704) 850-6322, or contact us online. Our lawyers have years of experience helping clients achieve workers’ compensation benefits and can help you recover with financial help.