WORKERS' COMPENSATION DISCRIMINATION
When you’re hurt on the job, you have enough to worry about. You’re concerned about your ability to ever return to the workplace or get through the day without significant pain. These things can weigh heavily on your mind. Following the protocol, after an accident you file a report with your employer and announce your intention to follow through with workers’ compensation. What you don’t expect, however, is for your employer to harass you or discriminate against you because you were hurt on the job.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WORKER’S COMP
The workers' compensation system provides financial benefits to those injured on the job. However, after an employee files a claim, some companies take retaliatory action and fire the employee. It is important for you to know that firing someone just because he or she has filed for workers' compensation benefits is illegal, even if the claim is eventually denied.
You might not know where to turn during this time, but it’s vital that you reach out to an attorney to properly understand all your options.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS IF MY EMPLOYER DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ME?
At Atkinson & Polak, PLLC, we are workers' compensation discrimination lawyers. We obtain financial compensation, reinstatement, and punitive damages for workers who have been unfairly terminated, demoted or otherwise discriminated against just for filing a claim for worker's compensation benefits.
DO NOT LET YOURSELF BE INTIMIDATED BY ILLEGAL PRACTICES
Companies who take retaliatory action against an employee who files a workers' compensation claim are often trying to intimidate other employees and keep them from filing claims if they are injured. This not only threatens the health and safety of injured workers, it is against the law.
A retaliatory dismissal can occur at any time after a claim is filed — before a decision is made on your claim, while you are receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits or even after you return to work. It does not matter when the workers' compensation retaliation occurs, it is still against the law and you have legal options to protect your rights.
THE RIGHT LAW FIRM MAKES A DIFFERENCE: A RESULTS-FOCUSED LEGAL APPROACH
As experienced employment litigation attorneys, we have a comprehensive understanding of the laws affecting workers' compensation discrimination cases, wrongful termination claims, employee benefits issues, and other employment law matters.
We know how to get results and can take effective action on your behalf. We will respond swiftly to your case and work hard to cost-effectively resolve it.
We represent clients in workers' compensation discrimination cases but cannot help you with filing for the benefits themselves.
For your free initial consultation regarding your employer's discriminatory reaction to your workers' compensation claim, make sure you take action sooner rather than later.
WEST VIRGINIA WORKER’S COMP DISCRIMINATION LAWYERS
Have you been discriminated against after filing a workers comp claim or talking about filing one? You may be able to hold your employer accountable by filing a legal claim.