Being injured at work will lead to physical pain and suffering, but it’s also likely to cause you to experience financial stress and uncertainty. Having to deal with medical bills on top of losing wages due to needing to take time to recover can feel overwhelming at times, but it is important to remember your right to recover workers’ compensation.
Those working in demanding environments may be hesitant to file for a workers’ compensation claim even though they know that they have the right to. This may be because you are worried that your employer may retaliate against you or that it might hinder your career progression. The following is an overview of the most common workers’ compensation fears experienced by injured workers and how to allay these concerns.
Worrying that I’ll be fired for making a workers’ compensation claim
Many injured workers believe that their employer will get angry at them for making a workers’ compensation claim after an injury, and fire them as a result. This could be because of something that their employer has said in the past or because their employer is easily angered. No matter your employer’s attitude and temperament, they never have the right to fire you because you filed for workers’ compensation. If they do, you will be able to take legal action against them for wrongful termination.
Worrying about the stigma of taking time off work
If you are injured, you’ll be unable to work for some time, and you’ll also need to make sure that you are. You may be worried that coworkers perceive you to be lazy or unmotivated by taking time off. The bottom line is that you can never control how other people think of you, but you do need to do what is right for you so that you can be a competent worker in the long term.
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