There are many reasons that people are hesitant to seek support after a workplace injury. Some people may not think their injury is a big deal; others may not think they qualify for financial benefits. There are also people who are worried that filing a claim for workers’ compensation will give their employers a reason to fire them.
However, each of these reasons can be misguided and could keep an employee from securing the benefits they may seriously need and deserve. If, for example, you were injured on job and are nervous that filing a claim for compensation will cause you to lose your job, you should know that there are laws in Ohio that protect workers from this type of retaliatory action.
In accordance with Ohio workers’ compensation laws, employers are prohibited from terminating, demoting, penalizing or reassigning a worker simply because he or she filed a claim for workers’ compensation. It is also unlawful to discriminate against a worker who has filed a claim for benefits.
This should hopefully come as a relief to workers who have gotten sick or injured in the course of their employment. People in this situation often need to seek medical treatment and take time off of work in order to recover from a painful or limiting condition, and this can be stressful enough without having to worry about job security.
Rather than risk the chance of missing out on critical financial support because of misinformation or fear, injured workers should take the initiative to understand their options. For many people, this means speaking with an attorney familiar with workers’ compensation cases who can explain available solutions and help workers file a claim or appeal.