Don’t Get Hurt Twice: Fight Back Against Workers’ Comp Retaliation
It’s no secret that many companies are resentful of workers’ compensation claims. An injured worker may impact the insurance premiums they pay. A workplace accident may attract the attention of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other regulators. Or they may blame the employee for being “clumsy” or bad at his job.
Unfortunately, it is fairly common for employers to fire a worker in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Thankfully, such actions are illegal here in Georgia. If you were fired or otherwise retaliated against for getting injured on the job and/or pursuing workers’ compensation benefits, The Law Office Of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, is here to help you seek justice.
Know The Signs Of Retaliation
Getting fired right after reporting an injury or filing a claim would be a fairly obvious piece of evidence. But job termination is just one form of retaliation. It could also include:
- Getting demoted
- Having your pay lowered
- Negative changes to your position or daily responsibilities
- Disciplinary actions that don’t seem tied to your actual performance
- Constant scrutiny and harassment that create a hostile work environment
You should know that the success or failure of your workers’ compensation claim is not a factor in a retaliation case. In other words, you may have been a victim of retaliation even if your workers’ compensation claim was ultimately denied.
Proving Your Case
Even if you experience and observe these actions, the difficult part is proving that they were caused by your pursuit of workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer may try to argue that the adverse actions you suffered were unrelated to your claim and were, therefore, legal.
For this and other reasons, it is important to work with a lawyer — both in pursuing your workers’ comp claim and your retaliation claim. An experienced attorney will know what types of evidence to look for and how to document that evidence for maximum effect in litigation. Hiring an attorney could even dissuade your employer from trying to fire you in the first place.
Contact Me To Discuss Your Legal Needs In A Free Consultation
Based in Tucker, The Law Office Of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, serves injured workers throughout metro Atlanta and Macon. If you were fired after filing a workers’ compensation claim or are worried that you will be, contact me to learn more about your rights and legal options. You can reach me at 404-692-6403, or simply send me an email.