Can I Lose My Job if I File for Workers’ Compensation?
While most workplaces strive to maintain a safe environment, accidents do occasionally happen. Sometimes these accidents can result in injuries, which in turn results in medical costs and necessary time off of work to recover. Thankfully, employers are required to provide compensation for these injuries if they were sustained while on the job or doing work activities. If you’re worried about how this might impact your standing at work, you may be asking yourself: can I lose my job if I file for workers’ compensation?
The answer to that is a hard no. According to Florida law, you are not only entitled to receive worker’s compensation for workplace injuries, but they cannot impact your employment status. This means that you cannot be fired for filing a worker’s compensation claim. If your employer does fire you for this reason, you have legal grounds to file another lawsuit against them.
In addition, your employer cannot coerce you into giving up your job for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Companies often do not like paying for workers’ compensation because they find it to be a drain on their finances. That being said, they are obligated by law to do so and a violation of this is illegal. If you employer is attempting to strong-arm you into resigning or refusing to pay workers’ compensation to help you with your injuries, you can legal grounds to pursue it anyways.
In either of these situations, it is essential to have a proficient attorney on your side who will fight for you and help you receive the compensation that you deserve. To learn about how we at the Franco Law Firm can be this for you and to schedule a free consultation for your case today, please feel free to call us at (813) 872-0929.