The Impact of a Workers’ Compensation Claim on Your Job
Protecting Your Employment When You Are Hurt at Work
If you have sustained an injury in the workplace and find it difficult to carry out the normal duties of your job, you may be reluctant to seek the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled because of fears that you may face retaliation from your employer or may even lose your job. Though there are laws that prohibit employer retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim, you still want an experienced lawyer to ensure that your rights are safeguarded. The attorneys at Cofsky & Zeidman, LLC, can help.
At Cofsky & Zeidman, LLC, brings nearly three decades of experience to people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who have been hurt on the job.
Important Things to Know about Your Job When You File for Workers’ Compensation
Your employer is forbidden by law from taking any retaliatory action against you for filing or pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, or for testifying as a witness in a co-worker’s workers’ compensation action. If you have been subjected to any type of punishment at work, including the denial of a raise or promotion, reassignment to a less desirable task, the denial of benefits or opportunities afforded to other workers, or even discharge, you should contact us immediately.
It is important, however, to understand that your job cannot be protected when you file a workers’ compensation claim unless you have a valid employment contract. Your employer may eliminate your position, but may not hire a new person to handle your responsibilities. You can protect your job for up to 12 weeks by requesting a leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but your job will not be protected when you return.
If you are granted workers’ compensation benefits, you will receive them as long as you qualify for them, even if your employer eliminates your position.
We provide a free initial consultation to injured workers. Call our office in Haddonfield, NJ at (856) 429-5005 or in Woodbury, NJ at (856) 845-2555. We can also be reached in Philadelphia, PA at (215) 563-2150 or by e-mail. If we take your case, we will only charge attorney fees if we recover compensation for you.
Our offices are open weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weekend and evening appointments may be arranged upon request. We will also come to your home or the hospital if necessary.