Can a Person Be Fired While On Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on January 22 2016 by Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC

If you are injured on the job, life can become more stressful than you may expect. Everyday duties may feel like a struggle and you may feel unsure about whether or not you will be allowed to keep your job.

To help you understand more of the process, our Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers have listed some facts you should know:

1.Your employer cannot fire you simply because of a workers’ compensation claim.

If you are temporarily disabled and have received workers’ compensation benefits, your boss cannot discriminate against you or your disabilities and use your injuries as a reason to fire you.

2.Your employer can only fire you if they can provide a valid reason.

If your boss wishes to remove you from employment at that company, they must be able to provide valid reasons that do not relate to your workers’ compensation claim.

3.Your employer can fire you if it is clear you will not be able to continue your usual occupation at a later date.

If your employer believes you will be unable to return to work and is able to prove that, he or she may have the right to fire you. However, they must be able to prove this using substantial medical evidence.

Of course, each case differs on a case-by-case basis. For this reason, it is important to seek experienced legal representation if you have sustained injuries or illnesses while on the job. A skilled and knowledgeable lawyer will be able to examine your case and determine whether your employer actually has a valid reason to terminate your employment.

Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC Can Help You

If you have suffered an injury or developed an illness while working, you may be able to recover financial compensation through workers’ compensation benefits. However, these cases can be extremely difficult to navigate through without the proper legal counsel. At Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC, our Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys can do everything in their power to ensure you and your family can live comfortably as you recover. Do not stress about what might happen. Contact our team, and let us fight for your rights!

To discuss you case, get in touch with our team. We are available 24/7 to address any questions or concerns you may have!

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