When you suffer an injury on the job, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides a means for you to recover medical benefits and missed wages due to your harm. Some employees fear retaliation if they file for workers’ compensation. However, it is important to note that it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for filing for workers’ compensation.
Can You Be Fired?
Yes. An injured worker can lose his or her job. However, they cannot be terminated for exercising their rights under the Workers Compensation Act. In other words, the injured worker cannot be terminated for filing a worker’s compensation claim. But an injured worker can be let go for reasons unrelated to the worker’s compensation claim.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Employees who are receiving worker’s compensation benefits while their position is terminated are still entitled to receive them. In other words, if an injured worker loses his or her job, the worker’s compensation claim survives on its own merit.
Those who believe that they were actually fired because they filed a workers’ compensation claim may have a legal case against their former employer for wrongful termination.
Our Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Help
If you’ve been injured at work the laws are complicated and the insurance company is looking out for its interest only. Luckily, the attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP can help. We understand the impact that an injury or the loss of your job can have on all aspects of your life. That’s why we’re here to help you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!