Injured Workers’ Law Firm helps protect injured workers from an illegal or improper firing or termination when they make a workers’ compensation claim.
It is illegal for an employer to fire an employee for filing a workers comp claim, so usually this does not happen.
However, in Virginia, you are employed at will which means an employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all.
Some employers who are a little, let’s say shady, might fire you for another excuse like claiming that you have a poor attitude or you are late or didn’t properly clock in correctly and, unfortunately, I have seen this happen too often.
It doesn’t happen because you file a claim, that you are injured and not coming to work, or you are not as productive due to the work injury.
Actually, what happens most of the time is that someone might be out of work for six months or more and the employer is not be able to hold their position open.
If you’re out of work for a few months and you have a great employer, you’re not going have anything to worry about.
Part of my job is to help injured workers protect themselves from an illegal or improper firing or termination and to protect their workers compensation benefits if they are terminated.