If you have been injured at work, after seeking medical treatment, it is likely that you will go to your employer for advice about filing for workers’ compensation. It is possible that you will trust everything that your employer tells you about your rights under workers’ compensation laws.
It is important that you do not automatically take your employer’s advice for granted. This is the case for two reasons. First, your employer may not be fully equipped with the correct information, and therefore, may unknowingly give you false information. Second, your employer may try to convince you not to file for workers’ compensation by giving your inaccurate information, because they do not want to deal with a workers’ compensation claim.
What responsibilities does my employer have?
Your employer has the duty to provide immediate emergency medical treatment when it is necessary. In addition, they have the duty to submit a report of the incident to the workers’ compensation board office. They also have a duty to not retaliate against you as the injured employee as a result of making a claim. Therefore, if your employer tells you that there will be negative consequences resulting in filing a workers’ compensation claim, it is likely that they are breaking the law.
If you have been injured at work, you have the right to request a workers’ compensation claim form from your employer. You should notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible after the incident. If you have any uncertainties regarding your workers’ compensation rights, it is important that you take the time to understand the law.