Workers in Indiana may face dangerous conditions in the workplace or on a job site. If you are seriously injured in a workplace accident and file a claim for workers’ compensation, you may face backlash from your employer after returning to work.
According to FindLaw, workers’ compensation provides rapid financial assistance to an employee who has an accident and gets injured on the job. It doesn’t matter whether you or your employer is at fault in the situation. You have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation can help cover the costs of medical care and lost wages while you are recuperating from your injury. It may also help you with retraining if you can no longer perform the duties of your previous job.
Returning to work after a serious injury is not always a comfortable experience. You may be incapable of performing the duties required for your job due to the injury itself or recovery requirements laid out by your doctor. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for you after an injury. However, the business may decide that the accommodation is no longer reasonable if it negatively affects the daily operations or the bottom line.
If an employer is no longer willing to make these accommodations, he or she may try to find another reason to terminate you. Issues that were not a problem before could become a firing offense. If you find yourself facing termination or harassment following a workplace injury, you may need legal assistance to help you deal with the retaliation.