I Got Fired Right After Getting Injured – Top Disability Discrimination Lawyer
Getting injured on the job is incredibly common, and luckily, there are laws in place to protect you and your job when you suffer an injury at work. One of the most well-known protections to employees when they are injured is called worker’s compensation. Despite employers having a legal responsibility to compensate and support an employee after being injured, some companies avoid these responsibilities by firing an injured employee. Many people who are injured at work fear retaliation from their employer if they are injured and file a worker’s compensation claim. There is no need to fear. If you experience adverse employment action (including being fired, demoted, etc.) because you were injured at work or filed a worker’s comp claim, you could be legally entitled to damages. If you were fired right after getting injured, read below to see how Miracle Mile Law Group can help protect your worker’s rights and help you seek justice.
Understanding Your Rights After Being Fired for Getting Injured
One of the key issues with cases where an employee was fired after getting injured is proving that the injury was the sole cause of the firing instead of a legitimate reason. There are certain cases in which a firing isn’t necessarily illegal after a workplace injury, so long as you are not being fired for the sole reason that you were injured. For example, if you have been injured but you also showed subpar work performance prior to your injury, your employer could legally fire you after your injury if they have evidence of your prior poor performance. Another example of a legal firing is if you were injured in a manner that would permanently impair you from performing your job in the future, an employer may legally terminate you. This does not, however, alleviate the employer’s responsibility to properly compensate you for losses.
Additionally, a concern with being fired after getting injured is losing your worker’s compensation benefits. Again, there is no need to worry. You are legally entitled to your worker’s compensation after being injured at work even if you were fired for you injury. You must also come to understand whether you were fired directly as a result of your injury, because doing so is considered discrimination. Employers are prohibited from subjecting employees to adverse employment actions (such as firing) based on protected activities or characteristics, such as being injured or filing worker’s compensation claims. Because of the complicated nature of these terminations, it is imperative to find a highly skilled attorney who can help navigate the challenges of these claims.
How Can I Be Compensated for My Damages?
If your illegal firing after an injury case settles or you win your trial, you could receive:
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Money for mental distress including anxiety, humiliation, or emotional distress
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Litigation costs and lawyer fees
Contact a Highly Trained Employment Lawyer Today
If you were fired after getting injured, you could be eligible for additional compensation due to your experiences of discrimination. Your compensation could come in the form of lost wages, lost benefits, job reinstatement, or compensation for emotional distress. At Miracle Mile Law Group, we are specially trained in handling worker’s compensation and wrongful termination. Having a skilled attorney by your side when trying to prove that you were illegally fired because of your injury is a necessity, and the lawyers here at Miracle Mile Law Group are well trained in handling these complicated cases. These cases are very time sensitive so give us a call at (888) 244-0706 or contact us online for a FREE case evaluation. Remember, we do not take a single dollar unless WE WIN!