No matter where you are employed, there is probably an employee handbook
detailing all the safety procedures you need to keep in mind during your
day-to-day tasks, or there are warning signs strewn all throughout the
area. Contrary to how it may seem, all of these precautions aren’t
necessarily there for your own safety; rather, your employer is trying
to avoid liability should anything happen. To make matters worse, you
may have heard stories about coworkers getting penalized, or even fired,
for reporting an accident-related injury at work.
What are you supposed to do if you are hurt on the job? Should you suffer
in silence, or should you file a workers’ compensation claim?
You Deserve Fair Treatment After Your Workplace Injury
In South Carolina, the law requires that an employer provides workers’
compensation benefits if they have more than four employees on staff.
Odds are pretty high that you do have workers’ compensation benefits,
and it is important to understand why you should not be intimidated or
become “job scared.” You do have the right to report an injury
that occurred due to an accident at work without fear of retaliation.
Still, dishonest employers may try to penalize you for speaking up. And
they may do it in subtle ways to try avoid legal repercussions. If you
are filing a workers’ compensation claim, your employer or manager
may try to punish you by:
- Reducing your hours
- Removing your benefits
- Harassing you into quitting
- Firing you for “another reason”
Team Up with a Workers’ Comp Attorney
No matter what, you do not have to be afraid of any unjust retaliation
they might use against you, so long as you have a workers’ compensation
lawyer by your side. When you work with a professional, they can ensure
not only that you are treated fairly, but also that your claim is constructed
on solid evidence to maximize your chances of receiving a beneficial settlement
for your injuries.
Without proper representation or choosing not to file a workers' compensation
claim, you may sacrifice opportunities for compensation. If you choose
to file, your employer cannot terminate your position as an act of retaliation
for filing a workers' compensation claim.
You don’t even have to address your employer alone. When you hire
a Columbia workers’ comp attorney from the Law Office of James R.
Snell, Jr. LLC, we can represent you even before you tell your employer
that you intend on filing a workers’ compensation claim. That way
you will already be a few steps ahead and on your way to the fair treatment
and recovery you deserve. Call
888.302.0714 today to request your
free case evaluation.