You were working with a team of people when the accident happened and the scaffolding on which you were standing collapsed. Although all the workers were wearing safety equipment, there was no way to prevent injuries when the entire section collapsed.
Now that you’re injured, your employer has been acting oddly. You want to file a claim, as the other workers have, but you’ve been accused of planning the accident. Your employer doesn’t want to file a claim with workers’ compensation and believes you and the other workers are responsible for your injuries and damages.
What can you do?
First, learn your rights. You’re able to file a claim for workers’ compensation regardless of what your employer believes. Your attorney can file the claim for you if your employer refuses to do so.
If your employer does not have workers’ compensation coverage, he or she may be sanctioned and have to pay fines, face criminal penalties or be held personally liable for any injuries you suffered. If your employer does not have workers’ compensation coverage, you may be able to sue him or her instead of pursuing a workers’ compensation case.
What can you do if your employer retaliates?
If your employer gives in and files the workers’ compensation claims but begins to retaliate by cutting your hours or firing you, you can pursue a discrimination claim against the employer. It’s against the law to discriminate or retaliate against someone who was hurt on the job. Employees are protected against discrimination, unjust termination and harassment by their employers as a result of injuries suffered on the job. Employees fired as a result of the above may file a civil action for retaliatory discharge.
Every worker has rights. Know yours and make sure you file the claim to which you’re entitled. With support and legal knowledge, you can get the medical treatment and compensation you need.