After an injury occurs, many employees fear retaliation from their employers, which does happen. However, there are legal protections against retaliation too, so your employer’s actions might only serve to strengthen your case. The first issue might arise when employers or supervisors refuse or neglect to record or report the incident.
Even when the employer does not put up a fight, its insurer might not want to pay for the physical and financial injuries. Other times the employer flat out lies about the circumstances of the injury wrongly thinking that the lie might help save insurance premiums. The insurance company often just accepts these lies in order to not pay legally mandated benefits.
These are just some of the many obstacles that arise during the workers’ comp process that compel workers just like you to reach out to a lawyer. If the employer has a track record of refusing workers’ comp, not paying enough or retaliating afterward, workers often reach out to us before even beginning the process. We help prepare them for what might lie ahead.