When workers suffer injury on the job, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention and report the incident to a supervisor or management. Injured workers are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who is at fault for the injury. If any worker is afraid of reporting an injury because of a fear that management will issue punishment for the injury, he or she shouldn’t be. It is strictly illegal for any employer to retaliate against or punish a worker who becomes injured on the job.
This is true for any type of work injury, including workplace accidents, repetitive motion injuries, and even psychiatric injuries resulting in stress. If you are injured, you are entitled to medical care and disability benefits without repercussions. Full stop. Even if your workers’ compensation claim is denied, your employer cannot legally retaliate against you. Types of retaliation include:
- Reduced hours or pay
- Unfair evaluations
- Improper disciplinary actions
- Reduced responsibilities
The threat of possible retaliation should not deter any injured worker from opening a workers’ compensation claim. If an injured worker is being retaliated against, there are legal options available. Workers who experience retaliation are legally entitled to a 50 percent boost in workers’ comp benefits, up to $10,000. If the worker was fired, he or she would be eligible for reinstatement and back pay for any missed work due to the unjust termination.
If you were injured at work and have been the victim of any form of retaliation, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you pursue financial compensation and reinstatement. Contact the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free consultation.