Most employers understand that accidents happen, which is why they carry Workers’ Compensation insurance in the first place. Workers’ compensation rates are relatively minor and are considered by most to be a cost of doing business. However, hiring and training workers is expensive, so your employer will likely want you to recover and be back to work as soon as possible. In addition, many employers will try to prevent you from filing a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits. They may even tell you that you only had 24 hours to file your claim. Not true! Other employers will tell you to just file the claim under your health insurance. This is, in effect, lying. Don’t do it.
The Law Is on Your Side
It is important that you keep your employer in the loop regarding your health status and expected return to work date. While your employer is not required to hold your job open while you are out on leave, most employers work hard to bring employees back on board after an injury. Remember too, that you have protection under federal law with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If your injury results in permanent partial disability such that you are able to work but not able to do your prior job, your employer will probably work with you to place you in a different position. It is against the law to retaliate against an employee for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim. If your employer tries to prevent you from filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, call us immediately.
Contact Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C.
If you have questions or concerns regarding a Workers’ Compensation claim or existing benefits, contact the attorneys at Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. for expert advice. We have over 150 years of experience and we can help you make the most informed decisions possible regarding your claim. Contact us today by calling 1-877-737-4806 or by filling out our online contact form.