If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, you might be wondering if filing Ohio workers’ compensation could jeopardize your employment.
Namely, will you get fired or penalized if you file for Ohio workers’ compensation?
It’s a good question to ask and one that many people considering filing Ohio workers’ compensation probably think about before filing – or calling a qualified attorney.
The short answer is NO, you can’t be fired specifically for filing or pursuing an Ohio workers’ compensation claim. The reality is, the majority of people don’t want to get injured on the job or sidelined at home. They WANT to work! But people get hurt on the job every day and that’s why workers’ compensation is around. If you need it, you need it.
Generally, it’s considered wrongful termination to fire someone specifically for filing or pursuing a workers’ compensation claim but it can happen.
If you are hurt at work, the benefits you are entitled to can help support you and your family until you can get back to work. You are entitled to: Medical care, temporary benefits and/or permanent disability benefits.
It’s not always clear-cut, however. Ohio is an at-will employment state. What does that mean? It means your employer can fire you at any time – and for any reason. While there are exceptions (state employees, union members etc.) this applies to the majority of Ohio workers.
There are federal protections that keep Ohio workers safe from wrongful termination based on disability, race and other factors, as well, however.
Generally, it’s considered wrongful termination to fire someone for filing a workers’ compensation claim but it can happen.
If you feel like you or someone you love was fired after becoming injured or ill on the job, you should contact a highly qualified attorney to review your case – and to protect your rights.
The legal experts at Connor, Kimmet & Hafenstein, LLP are here to help you understand the system – and get you the benefits you deserve.
Do you have questions about Ohio workers’ compensation and your rights? Please contact our legal experts today. We can help.