One of the questions that we hear the most when someone gives us a call is in regards their future employment. So many people call us concerned that if they file a workers’ compensation claim, they are going to be fired. This is completely illegal in the state of North Carolina. An employer is not allowed to fire you from your position purely because you were hurt on the job and/or you reported an injury. There are specific laws put in place to protect you from this occurring, and even though you may have heard some horror stories, we promise that we will fight tirelessly for you if your employer tries to take your job away due to a work related injury.
Now, unfortunately there are techniques that some employers try to use to “get rid” of an employee who has been hurt and can no longer work. These are often clever and sneaky, and they can happen without you even realizing what is happening until it is too late. One popular method is to make the workplace so unpleasant that you no longer want to work there. This can be achieved by being rude to you, excluding you from activities that your coworkers are allowed to, and even by pressuring your coworkers to be rude to you as well. If you believe that this is happening, we suggest keeping a journal of the times and dates of offenses so that you can use it as evidence during the case for workers’ compensation.
Although it may be hard, it is important that you do not quit while this is happening. While you don’t want to stay in a suddenly toxic work environment, quitting can seriously harm your chances of getting full compensation for your injury. It is times like these where speaking with an attorney as soon as possible is important. You should always get in contact with a lawyer when the injury occurs, but you need to give us a call before you make a large decision like quitting.
If you have been hurt on the job and were fired or are being pressured to quit, call Collier Law Firm today for your free consultation. We are experienced with cases like these and will do everything we can to fight for you. We are dedicated to getting you the compensation that you deserve so give us a call today and let us help you!