When It Seems Your Employer Does Not Want You to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
It’s no surprise that your boss may not want you to file a Workers’ Compensation claim. However, the law is on your side. You have a legal right to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits if you have suffered a work-related injury or illness on the job.
The benefits are there for workers like you. They are designed to help injured workers get the medical treatment they need and to make sure that, after suffering an injury or illness at work, they have the funds to pay for food and shelter.
Your boss may not want you to file a claim because it costs the company. Even though they have Workers’ Compensation insurance, their rates will probably rise. They cannot retaliate against you for filing for Workers’ Compensation benefits. They also cannot harass you or create a hostile work environment. If they do, you may have cause to file a lawsuit against them. Even if they act like you’re faking it, just make sure to document all your medical treatment, and keep a journal of your injury or illness’s progress. This can all help your case.
Make sure to notify your boss that you have suffered an injury or illness related to your work as soon as it is clear what’s going on. Reporting your issues to the boss or HR department and having them document these concerns is important, because you must do so within a certain amount of time or you may lose your rights to the benefits.
At the law offices of Gregg A. Wisotsky, Esq., Partner, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC, we can answer your questions, explain your rights and represent you in a personal injury claim. Contact our office online or call us at 973-241-7468 for a free consultation. Additionally, we charge no attorney fees unless we win your case on your behalf. In addition to personal injury law, we also practice criminal defense.