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Can I Be Fired Or Demoted If I File A Worker's Compensation Claim?

Author : Jim Brown

Recovering from an on-the-job injury can be a really frustrating experience. Physical therapy, medical bills, and dealing with your own limitations during tough times such as these can weigh heavily on people. When it comes to the time you need to heal and return to work some employers are going to be more accommodating than others. But regardless of how understanding someone's employer may be, I find that a lot of people are hesitant to file a worker's compensation claim because they are afraid that exercising their legal rights will lead to some negative consequences at work. This is not just because of their desire to not be at the center of office gossip either, people are afraid that their employer may demote or even fire them because of it.

It is important to know that it is illegal for an employer to behave this way. An employee cannot be discharged or discriminated against by an employer for exercising their rights. Just because you filed a worker's compensation claim does not mean you can be fired, demoted, or even demeaned at work. Be sure to speak with your injury lawyer immediately if you feel you've been demoted or demeaned at work since filing your injury claim.

Your claim will obviously need to meet the requiremnts for a worker's compensations case if you wish to successfully file. For those who have never had to deal with a worker's compensation case before, these requirements can be confusing. You do not want to make any mistakes when trying to file your worker's compensation claim, which is why it is important thatyou speak with an experienced injury lawyer. You and your worker's compensation lawyer should follow the proper course of action to make sure your legal rights.

When you've been injured on the job there are a lot of different road blocks that can pop up. Some employers try to rush their employees back to work before they're ready. But sometimes just having someone on your side to help you deal with your employer's insurance company can help out with a lot of these obstacles. A lot of unpredictable things can come up. You need to have an experienced attorney that you trust on your side to help fight the insurance companies who are only interested in saving themselves money.

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James Brown is a Missouri injury lawyer based in St. Louis. Before you are hurt in a car accident you need to know the most common mistakes car accident victims make when talking to the insurance adjuster that ruin their accident claims. You can request a free copy of his Missouri accident guide, I Survived! The Crash Victims Guide to Surviving the Aftermath at his website .

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