Employer Retaliation After a Workers Compensation Claim
What Can an On The Job Injury Lawyers Northern New Jersey do?
If you have recently been hurt or developed an illness while at work, we recommend turning to a seasoned workers compensation lawyer at Rispoli & Borneo, P.C.
for legal counsel. We understand that your health comes first and may offer protection if your employer is negligent or retaliates against you. Most Northern New Jersey employees trust their employer to handle a claim with care. They might not realize when an employer is being vengeful or careless.
There are several ways in which an employer can intentionally hinder your chances of receiving benefits, sometimes out of spite and anger for filing an incident report against the company. It’s important to remember that all forms of retaliation are illegal after an employee files a workers comp claim. Here we have listed how your employer might try to retaliate in response to a workers compensation claim.
Pressure to Perform Job Tasks
Your employer may pressure you to complete job assignments that go against your work restrictions and limitations. Immediately following your injury, your doctor might approve you to return to work but request that you only perform light duties. It is important to keep your employer updated about what you are able to do and not able to do.
Sometimes an employer is aware of the limitations but tries to see how far their employee can be pushed anyway. Additionally, your boss may be looking to prove that you are able to do these tasks in order to end your benefit coverage early. Give your boss a reasonable number of reminders and if he or she continues, you can consult with a workers compensation lawyer for guidance.
Discouraging an Employee From Filing a Claim or Seeking Medical Care
Paying for an injured employee’s medical bills can add up quickly, especially for long-term and serious conditions. For this reason, workers comp policy providers may increase rates for a business if an employee filed a claim in the previous year. Employers are required by law to allow employees to seek immediate medical attention (either on site, if provided, or off site). They are also prohibited from discouraging employees from filing a claim.
Threats of a Demotion or Termination
An employer may attempt to discourage an employee from filing a claim by making threats to demote or terminate the employee. Some employers might demote or terminate an employee for filing a workers compensation claim after they have already submitted their claim. If this happens to you, we highly suggest reaching out to a workers compensation lawyer without delay. Not only is this unlawful, but your employer may face serious legal consequences for their actions.
How an Attorney From Rispoli & Borneo, P.C. May Help
If you’ve been the victim of employer retaliation, an attorney in Northern New Jersey can provide legal assistance and help you devise a plan to hold your employer responsible for their unlawful behavior. Keep copies of all medical expenses you had to pay and copies of any written conversations you’ve had with your employer. The more information we have, the better we may help you decide if legal action is the right choice.
Please contact us immediately if any of the above information applies to your situation. To schedule your first free consultation with the on the job injury lawyers Northern New Jersey
workers trust at Rispoli & Borneo, P.C. You do not have to fight this battle alone.