Job security is an issue for everyone, but after you have suffered an injury at work then protecting your job becomes even more important. Your employer and workers’ compensation insurer may have an incentive to try to force you to go back to work before you are ready in order to reduce the benefits they are paying you. Your employer may even be looking for reasons to fire you so that your disability benefits can stop.
It is important that you know your rights and protect yourself so you do not lose your livelihood and the workers’ compensation benefits you depend upon. One of the best ways to ensure that you do not lose your job because of your work injury is to have a lawyer in your corner.
Abbott & Associates L.L.C. is widely regarded as having a tough reputation for fighting for our clients. We can fight to ensure your employer does not take away your job security because you happened to get hurt or sick due to your work. Call today to learn more.
Protecting Job Security After a Workers Comp Injury
After a work injury, you should receive wage loss benefits if you are not able to return to work for a period of time. Your employer cannot fire you for making a workers’ compensation claim or for being unable to come in to work as a result of your illness or injury.
Unfortunately, sometimes a doctor- especially one chosen by your employer- will release you to return to work before you are actually ready to resume job tasks. If this happens and you are not productive or effective at your job, your employer may try to build up reasons to fire you for cause. If you are being pressured to go back to work when you don’t feel right, you need to get a Texas workers compensation lawyer to assist you so you don’t end up being forced to do a job you cannot do.
In some cases, your doctor may say that you can do some work but that you will be on restricted duty or light duty. When you are cleared to work, but with restrictions, your employer has the option but not obligation to offer you a job you can do with your limitations. If your employer offers you work, your benefits will be reduced based on what the job pays. This is true regardless of whether you actually accept the work or not. When the wages on this light duty job are lower, you should receive partial lost wages benefits to make up a portion of the difference between pre and post injury wages.
However, if you go back to work on light duty, your employer may not respect the restrictions your doctor has imposed on you- which can affect your ability to do your work. This is another situation where having a Texas workers’ compensation lawyer becomes very important for your job security as well as for your health.
Getting Help from a Texas Work Injury Lawyer
Not being able to work because you got hurt is frustrating and the last thing you need is the stress of and employer threatening your job security. Get help understanding your rights and protecting your job today. Call and talk to our Texas workers comp lawyers at
Abbott & Associates L.L.C. so you will have an experienced advocate on your side.