Being injured at work can lead to huge physical, financial and professional problems. Not only will you likely be going through a great deal of pain and suffering, but you’ll also need to pay a significant amount of money for the medical bills, as well as dealing with a reduced income due to lost wages. This can create a stressful situation that is not ideal for your healing.
If you learn that you have been let go from your job shortly after becoming injured, this will only add to the stress that you are feeling. You may or may not have been giving a reason for why you have been fired, but this will both pose problems for gaining an income in the future and for recovering workers’ compensation. If you are feeling stressed about the situation that you are in, the good news is that federal law prevents employers from legally filing their employers in retaliation for an injury or illness that was acquired at work. Therefore, if you can show that this was the situation for you, you can take legal action against your employer.
Showing that your firing was due to retaliation
In order to take legal action against your employer, you will need to show that your firing was a form of retaliation made against you for your injury. To prove this, you may be able to provide witness statements that confirm that your employer was very angry when they learned that you had become injured or intended to file for workers’ compensation.
Showing that there was any legitimate reason for the firing
Your employer does have the right to fire you if you engaged in a wrongful activity or you were not doing your job. However, if your employer had no reason to fire you other than in response to your work injury, you likely have a legal case.
Make sure that you take swift action to gain the workers’ compensation that you deserve if you were fired after a work injury.