Workers’ Compensation Claims

As an employer, you of course make safety an utmost priority and hope you never have an employee injured while on the job.  However, it is important to be prepared should that day ever come. First of all, it should be stated very clearly in your company policy that any accident which occurs in the workplace should be immediately reported, even if the injured worker feels the injury is minor.  From there, your first priority is to make sure your employee has any medical assistance needed.  … [Read more...]

Can My Employer Fire Me While I’m on Workers’ Compensation?

Unfortunately, some individuals who are injured on the job may never file a workers’ compensation claim out of fear of being fired in retaliation.  The good news is that legally, your employer cannot fire you simply for filing a workers’ compensation claim.  However, they can fire you while you are out using workers’ compensation, as long as they can prove that they are not firing you because of that claim. Virginia is an “at will” State.  This means an employer can fire or let go their … [Read more...]