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Red flags to look for after applying for workers’ compensation

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2020 | Firm News |

The workers’ compensation process can be tough, but so can you. After you sustained an injury on the job, you might feel burdened with organizing and submitting the necessary claim documents while simultaneously tending to health needs. 

Will your employer follow the proper procedures on your behalf? Some companies are more supportive than others throughout this process, but you can pay close attention to potential red flags that could negatively impact your outcome. 

Pressure to return to work

You are a star employee who contributes to the overall success of your team, and your organization can feel your absence soon after your injury. If your employer puts pressure on you to return to work earlier than your physician’s recommendation, this may violate New Jersey workers’ compensation directives. Your health should be your priority, and your employer can consider developing a plan for lighter, updated job responsibilities that may better align with your capabilities. 

Incomplete or inaccurate information

Your organization is responsible for sharing clear and comprehensive information relating to its workers’ compensation benefits. Have you reviewed any printed notices stapled to the break room’s bulletin board? Employers need to clearly display information about important requirements, keep accurate records and submit timely accident reports. 

Unwarranted disciplinary action

If your injury qualifies for workers’ compensation, your state law may prohibit your employer from retaliating against you or discharging you from your position. Your boss should not treat you unfairly for submitting a claim or missing work per your doctor’s orders. 

Workers’ compensation generally protects employers from lawsuits, but exceptions could exist when negligence or discrimination occurs. By recognizing potential red flags and understanding your rights, you can be well on your way to application success and, ultimately, physical recovery.