Can You Get Fired for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Most Indiana workers are covered under the state’s workers’ compensation laws. When workers get injured, they can usually recover the compensation they need for medical treatment and lost wages through a workers’ compensation claim.
Some workers, however, may worry about their job security when filing a workers’ compensation claim. Below, we discuss whether your employer can fire you during this process.
Indiana’s Employment Laws
Since Indiana is an “at-will employment” state, your employer may fire you at any time, with or without cause or prior notice. And, since your employer does not need to explain the reason for your termination, this can happen when you’re filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, if your employer fires you while you are still receiving medical treatment and before you have been released by your physician, you will likely be entitled to disability benefits.
You do not have the option to sue your employer during this process. One of the options you have to hold your employer accountable for any negligence that caused your injury is through a workers’ compensation claim. However, filing a personal injury claim or a product liability claim may be viable alternative options. Our Indianapolis attorneys can discuss your options with you over the phone at (888) 204-8440.
Were You Injured at Work? Contact Us Today
It’s important to remember that, as with most claims, you only have a certain amount of time to file a workers’ compensation claim, and the process can prove difficult. Our Indianapolis attorneys are here to take the matter out of your hands while you focus on recovering from your injuries. We operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not owe us any money unless we recover compensation for you.
Contact Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.