You can probably guess the legal answer to this question is: No - you cannot get fired just for filing a workers' compensation claim in North Carolina.
But the unfortunate truth is that it does happen sometimes.
Does that mean you shouldn't file a workers' compensation claim? Absolutely not! Don't allow yourself to be bullied. A skilled NC workers' compensation lawyer may be able to help you take steps to protect your job or file a discrimination claim, if needed.
Considering a Workers' Compensation Claim?
If you've been hurt on the job, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I need money to cover medical bills or the time I've been out of work?
- Is it possible that I will need medical treatment for this injury down the road?
- Could this injury result in permanent damage?
- Might this injury affect my ability to work in the future?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we strongly encourage you to file a workers' compensation claim and to contact a qualified workers' compensation attorney. Don't put your physical or financial health at risk for an unknown.
After all, jobs may come and go, but you're living in the only body you're going to get. You need to take care of it.
2 Ways to Potentially Minimize Being Fired After a Workers' Comp Claim
Here are two important ways you may be able to protect your job after a workers' compensation claim. Depending on your specific case, your workers' compensation attorney may have additional suggestions.
- Be a good employee
Don't make the mistake of thinking that once you've filed a workers' compensation claim, you're immune to getting fired. You're not. You can still easily be fired for any number of reasons like repeatedly being late, slacking off, or for any other behaviors or reasons an employer might fire someone. Your work habits may be especially scrutinized after returning to work, so don't give anyone cause to think you're not being the very best employee you can be.
- Get someone to look out for you
If you feel like your employer is "out to get you," we highly recommend hiring a workers' compensation attorney. A seasoned workers' compensation attorney may have the experience needed to recognize what's happening and how it could eventually hurt your case. Plus they may be able to help you be preemptive in gathering evidence. Generally speaking, evidence gathered beforehand may be more convincing than evidence you gathered after the fact. And a workers' compensation attorney may be able to help leverage this evidence if you're fired when filing your discrimination claim.
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If you've been injured at work, don't go through the workers' compensation process alone. There's just too much most people don't know about the system. Even some of the more savvy clients we've known have made seemingly minor mistakes that cost them (big) in the long run.
One more point. Don't feel like you can't afford to hire a qualified workers' comp attorney. You can! At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we work on a contingency basis, so you don't owe us an attorney's fee if we don't get you compensation for your claim. What are you waiting for? Click here or call us at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.