Can An Employer Fire A Worker For Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim?
It is against Federal and Georgia laws to fire a worker for getting injured on the job. Our personal injury lawyers and workers’ compensation attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C., have been helping injured workers throughout the greater Atlanta area file workers’ compensation claims for decades. If you have concerns that you will be fired or believe that you were fired as a result of getting injured on the job, our experienced lawyers can help.
Protecting Your Rights Under Georgia Workers’ Comp Laws
If you are injured on the job, then you have a right to certain benefits and the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. You are entitled to any and all medical care to treat your injury. If you lose money due to your injury, then you are entitled to weekly benefits. These rights are no different than the right that you have to be paid for your time and to be treated fairly in the workplace.
Unfortunately, over the many years that our lawyers have represented injured workers, they have seen many examples of mistreatment of the injured. Often, management and the company blame the injured worker for their injury when the fault lies with defective equipment or a badly designed workplace.
Hiring an attorney to represent you in a workers’ compensation claim will give you a voice. As your lawyer, they can speak up on your behalf and do their best to protect you from injustice and mistreatment in your workplace. They will also advocate on your behalf to make sure that you get the maximum amount of benefits you are entitled to receive under disability and workers’ compensation laws.
You Have The Right To Hire A Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Sometimes, our clients or prospective clients are worried that if they hire an attorney to assist them with their workers’ compensation claim, then they will be mistreated or fired by their employer.
Under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws, you have the right to seek compensation for an injury that happens in the workplace. An employer who respects your rights will also respect your right to hire a lawyer. An experienced attorney brings knowledge of the workers’ compensation system and has the ability to facilitate your claim as it progresses through the system. They can also protect your rights, speak up on your behalf and make sure that you are treated fairly.
An effective workers’ compensation attorney will also make sure that you are correctly paid your weekly benefits. Often, insurance companies do not accurately calculate your earnings, which results in a loss of anywhere from a few dollars a week to $100 a week. Insurance companies do not always pay in a timely manner. When checks are late, penalties are due. These are matters that an attorney can monitor to make sure that you are treated fairly.
Consult An Attorney For Free
Our workers’ compensation lawyers at Hilley & Frieder offer free, no-obligation case evaluations and consultations. If you are worried that your rights under the workers’ compensation laws are being violated by your employer, then our team can help. To schedule your free appointment, contact us by sending an email or calling our office at 404-795-6099.