There is nothing worse than the thought of suffering an on-the-job injury. Even if you are extremely careful about avoiding an accident, you never know if you could find yourself in a compromising position at some point.
If you suffer a workplace injury, the first thing you should do is call for immediate help. From there, you want to work closely with your medical team to ensure that you know what you are doing in regards to your treatment.
While it sounds simple enough to make a workers' compensation claim, don't be surprised if this leads to some form of retaliation. In other words, your employer may not be happy that you filed a claim in an attempt to receive compensation. Some of the most common forms of retaliation include:
- Wrongful termination
- Harassment by supervisors or coworkers
- Changes in job responsibilities
- Negative performance reviews
At our law firm, we know that workers' compensation retaliation is extremely common. No employer should ever go down this path, as it's against the law, but some can't help but to take out their frustration on an employee who did nothing wrong.
If you find yourself in this position, you need to learn more about your legal rights. You should never be scared to file a workers' compensation claim because of the potential for retaliation.
It may not be the ideal situation, but you may have to fight back as you recover from your injury or illness. Knowing which steps to take and when to take them will go a long way in making your life easier.