Virginia Worker’s Compensation: When an Employer Retaliates

An unexpected injury at work can cause great worry on a number of fronts. In addition to potentially painful injuries, you might be concerned about how this injury could affect your employment in Virginia. However, worker’s compensation can solve your anxiety by providing medical attention and lost wages to help you through your recovery.

But even though you are entitled to receive these benefits, regardless of fault, you may encounter resistance from your employer. Some companies show their disapproval of the use of worker’s compensation by blatant discrimination or even unjust termination of employment. Not only is it wrong, it’s illegal.

Many states take the extra step of guarding injured employees by allowing civil actions against offending companies. This means a worker can file a claim for retaliatory discharge. By filing such a claim, the employee must prove to a judge or jury that it’s more likely than not that he or she was wrongfully terminated.

Even if the employer does not go to the extremes of firing the worker, there could be other types of discrimination that are just as illegal such as demotion. Employees are protected from this type of abuse when filing a worker’s compensation claim because of the ability to file a cause of action against the company.  

Contact a Virginia Worker’s Compensation Attorney Today

The Richmond-based worker’s compensation attorney team at Injured Workers’ Law Firm represents everyday workers—people like you—throughout the state of Virginia who have experienced serious injuries, and we are prepared to answer each and every one of your questions thoughtfully.

Before you talk to an insurance adjuster or even before you decide to hire an attorney, we urge you to order this FREE work injury guide. Then, once you feel ready to move forward as a claimant, give us a call at 1-804-755-7755 or toll-free at 1-877-755-7744. You can also contact us online today to schedule an appointment.

2016-10-30T13:43:04+00:00

About the Author:

The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.