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Can My Employer Fire Me if I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim? June 16, 2017

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Can My Employer Fire Me if I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?, Columbia, Maryland

Workers’ compensation insurance is meant to protect individuals who sustain injuries while they are on-duty. Although its sole purpose is to safeguard employees, many people are hesitant to file a claim for fear that they will put their job in jeopardy by doing so. Still others file claims, only to have their employer refuse to work with them. Neither one of these scenarios is fair to the injured employee.

workers' compensationWhen it comes to matters of employment, Maryland is an at-will state, which means you can quit at any time, or your employer can fire you at any time. Although your boss can fire you for a variety of reasons, discrimination is not one of them, and terminating an employee because he or she filed a workers’ compensation claim is a form of discrimination.

If your employer does fire you after you pursue workers’ compensation benefits, you have the right to file an employment lawsuit. If you’re not sure whether your case warrants a lawsuit, turn to an attorney to discuss your options.

Employers know that terminating someone who has just filed a workers’ compensation claim opens them up to a possible litigation. If a lawsuit does arise following a claim, some employers might claim the termination was just bad timing. Your lawyer will help you challenge this assertion, though, and gather the evidence you need to prove that you were unlawfully terminated. 

If you sustained debilitating injuries in the accident and you are unable to go back to work altogether, that is a different situation. In such a scenario, your attorney can help you explore your options for pursuing other avenues of compensation.

 

If you are facing a workers’ compensation dispute, contact Plaxen & Adler in Maryland to discuss your case and determine the best way to proceed. They have been in practice since 1985, and they have the experience needed to render a successful outcome for your lawsuit. You can get in touch with them by calling (410) 730-7737. You can also find a location nearest you by visiting the firm online.

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