No. You have an absolute right to file a workers’ compensation claim. A witness on your behalf (someone, for example, who knows about the accident) cannot be fired either.
An employer can’t take any adverse action against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim as long as you were truly hurt on the job. Firing you from your job is an adverse action. Other adverse actions include being demoted, receiving a cut in pay, not being allowed to take a vacation, or withholding any of your benefits.
If you or a witness is fired, then you may have the right to bring a claim against the employer for wrongful termination. Your workers’ compensation lawyer will either bring the wrongful termination lawsuit on your behalf or he or she will recommend a personal injury lawyer to file a lawsuit.
Attorney Joe Miller has 25 years of experience handling personal injury claims, including claims involving workplace accidents and workers’ compensation claims. He is dedicated to helping the victims of workplace accidents fight for the full and fair workers’ comp benefits they need for their recovery, including compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and payments for severe injuries and illnesses. If you or someone you love has been hurt on the job, contact Norfolk workers’ compensation attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., by calling (888) 694-1671 today and learn more about what he may be able to do to help you.