Workers’ compensation insurance covers damages related to injuries that employees sustain at their place of work or while performing job-related duties. In some cases, it also covers occupational diseases that develop as a direct result of the employee’s profession.
Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies often dispute workers’ compensation claims. Some employers threaten to terminate their workers if they file for benefits. If you are in this situation, contact Goodrich and Associates, P.C.
Jack Goodrich is an accident lawyer in Pittsburgh who will evaluate your case and provide comprehensive legal guidance. Call 412-261-4663 to schedule a consultation.
Could I Lose My Job for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, employees who sustain injuries on the job are eligible to receive employer-paid medical treatment, as well as additional benefits to compensate for lost wages if they miss more than seven days of work. Since workers’ compensation is an insurance program that employers must pay into, they are not necessarily paying these benefits directly. Despite this fact, some companies may lead employees to believe that if they file workers’ compensation claims, it’s going to hurt the company.
Even if you love working for your employer, you should not have to worry about protecting their bottom line if you sustain debilitating injuries. If you want to file a workers’ comp claim, you should not fear for your job.
Pennsylvania may be an at-will employment state, but if your employer fires you for pursuing workers’ compensation, that is a form of discrimination. Under the at-will employment model, employers can fire employees for any reason—except discrimination.
I Was Terminated after Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim – What Should I Do?
Although it is technically illegal for employers to terminate workers just for filing for workers’ comp, it still happens. If your employer fires you immediately after you file a workers’ comp claim, you may have grounds for a discrimination lawsuit.
There are several scenarios when employers try to convince workers not to file for benefits. For example, if you sustained serious injuries in a car crash while on the job, your employer may say that since it was a third party’s fault, you should not hold your company liable; however, employers should know the risks of sending their employees out on the road while on the clock. In fact, organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration even develop initiatives to help employers reduce the risk of such injuries and, subsequently, their liability.
If you were injured at work, attorney Jack Goodrich will explain your rights and help you enforce them. If your employer or the insurance company disputes your claim, Mr. Goodrich will evaluate their reason and help you gather the necessary evidence to prove that you are entitled to benefits.
Call 412-261-4663 to schedule an initial consultation with a Pittsburgh injury attorney. You can learn more about workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania by visiting USAttorneys.com.