As a hurt worker, you have rights. However, some workers are not prepared for the reaction of their employer when they file a workers' compensation claim. To find out more about what could happen to you and what to do to make things right, read below.
What to Know About Workers' Compensation Coverage
Workers' comp is a somewhat new type of insurance coverage. Before it came about, hurt workers could only file a lawsuit against their employer and hope for the best. When an employer gets their workers' comp claim approved, they are entitled to an array of benefits. Workers can get medical treatment at no charge and sometimes they also can be paid to stay home and recuperate. If their injury won't heal and they cannot return to work, workers are entitled to a lump sum settlement from the insurer. Unfortunately, some employers are not happy with employees who file claims.
What to Know About the Employer's Role
It may not occur to the worker how the employer will react to a workers' comp claim. Consider these issues:
How to Fight Back Against Retaliation
Some workers are targeted for filing claims even if they are within their rights. Commonly, retaliation comes in the form of:
If you are being treated unfairly by your employer, take action:
Reach out to a work site accident attorney in your area for more information.
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