You got injured at work. While you know that it’s up to your employer to cover the costs of your injury through workers’ comp, you’re afraid it could cost you your job. You may be taking longer than you thought to recover, and you’re scared that you won’t have work to go back to.
Are you at risk of getting in trouble and not having a job anymore? By learning more about this topic, you can figure out your next steps.
Employment is at will. This means that an employer can fire you at any time, with or without prior notice. However, they need to have a good reason to fire you. Some reasons include:
- You violated workplace policy
- You showed up late or missed many days of work without telling them
- You abused workplace policies
- You harassed your co-workers
An employer cannot fire you as retaliation for filing workers’ comp benefits or because you sustained an injury while on the job. They need to have a legitimate reason for terminating your employment. If you do get fired and you believe it’s for one of these reasons, you may be able to take legal action against your employer.
Filing for Workers’ Comp
As soon as you get injured on the job, you need to report it to a supervisor and get the report in writing. Then, file for workers’ comp and go to your own doctor for treatment. You can always contact a lawyer if you need additional help.
Contact a Lawyer
If you were injured at work and you now need representation, then contact the personal injury firm Gash & Associates for help. We assist clients throughout Westchester County and we offer you a free consultation. Get in touch now at (914) 328-8800.