We often hear this question from folks with recent work-related injuries who have never been hurt before or never thought about reporting a work injury and never had to deal with workers’ compensation. Since each case is unique, there is no straight answer that could be given without knowing more details. Generally, however, the law provides that any employer who fires or is threatening to discharge an injured worker because he or she is seeking workers’ compensation benefits, can be held liable for up to three times the value of the work comp benefits awarded. In other words, although technically possible, it would be very costly for your boss to fire you for reporting your work injury and submitting your claim to workers’ compensation insurance.
If you believe that your job may be in jeopardy, or if your employer is mistreating or harassing you, or lowering your wages, or otherwise intentionally making it difficult for you to seek workers’ compensation, you should email or give Yuri Jelokov a call at 507-625-2525 for a free, no obligation consultation.