Can My Employer Fire Me For Being Injured At Work?
My co-worker told me that another employee was fired just before I was hired because he was injured in a workplace accident. I got hurt last week but I have been hiding that from my employer. I am afraid that he will fire me when he finds out that I was injured at work. What should I do?
It is natural to be nervous and scared if you have been hurt at work. You are dealing with the physical pain of your injury and the prospect of losing time from work which means losing money. On top of it all, you are terrified that your employer is going to fire you because you were injured. However, not reporting your injury is harmful for many reasons but the most important reason is your health.
It is illegal for an employer to fire an employee because the employee was injured while at work.
Your health is the most important thing following a workplace accident. You need to seek immediate medical attention to prevent an injury from becoming worse. It some cases, a minor injury can become life-threatening if left untreated.
The second thing you need to do is report the injury to your employer. By not reporting your injury, you are jeopardizing your workers’ compensation claim. Furthermore, if you fail to seek medical attention because you are afraid of being fired, your condition may prevent you from performing your job duties. Your employer may then ire you for failing to do your job. By not reporting your injury, you cause the very thing that you were trying to avoid by not reporting your workplace injury.
Workers’ Compensation Laws Are Designed to Protect Employees Who Are Injured at Work
Workers’ compensation is designed to protect injured employees by ensuring the employee receives the medical treatment necessary to recover from a workplace injury. Furthermore, the law provides other benefits to assist the injured worker during his or her recovery. However, workers’ compensation laws also protect the employee from being fired for a workplace injury.
Termination for a workplace injury is rare; however, when it happens the employee does have remedies under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. If your employer fired you after you were injured on the job, you need to contact an experienced Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney. Your attorney will explain the legal procedure for holding your employer liable under the law for wrongful termination.
Do Not Be Afraid – Report Your Workplace Injury Immediately – Contact a Workers’ Comp Attorney for Assistance
If you have been injured at work, our workers’ comp lawyers can help you file your claim. We also handle cases where workers’ comp benefits have been denied or delayed by the insurance company and/or the employer.
Contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. by calling 1-800-333-3903 to schedule a free case evaluation.