Posted on: 23 February 2015
If you have been hurt at work, you probably expect for your employer to be sympathetic about your situation. The best of employers take care of their employees after these accidents, take care of workers compensation issues and provide support through this tough time. Unfortunately, however, not all employers act this way. If your employer is acting inappropriately after your workplace injury, it's important to hire a lawyer. Then, you can help ensure that your rights are protected during this trying time.
1. You've Heard Rumors That You're Being Replaced
Although rumors certainly aren't always true, it's not a good sign if you hear through the grapevine that your position is being filled by someone else. Temporary workers who come in to take your place while you are out of work are one thing, but if someone else has been hired permanently to fill your position, you have something to worry about.
2. Your Employer Wants You to Come Back to Work Too Soon
Some employers try to encourage their employees to come back to work before they really should do so. They might threaten your job or tell you that you will be on "light duty" when you return. If your doctor says that you shouldn't go back to work yet, however, you shouldn't do it—no matter how hard your boss might be pushing you. Doing so could jeopardize your workers compensation claim and could cause you to re-injure yourself.
3. You or Other Employees Are Being Encouraged to Lie About the Situation
If you or any of the employees who witnessed the accident are being asked to lie about what happened, you should take it as a big red flag. This could mean that your employer isn't operating things properly or legally or is trying to get out of paying for your medical bills and medical leave. Plus, lying could get you and the other employees in trouble.
4. You Keep Running into Workers Compensation Hiccups
In most cases, workers compensation runs pretty smoothly. If you are having trouble getting your medical bills paid or are running into other hiccups, it could be because your employer isn't handling things properly on his or her end.
Don't ignore these signs that your employer is acting inappropriately after your accident. Instead, contact a workers compensation lawyer at a firm like The Law Firm of Fitzgerald, Reese & Van Dyne, Co. to help you with your situation. Then, your attorney can ensure that your case is handled the right way.Share