On occasion an employee who is hurt on the job is quickly fired by their employer. Sometimes Maryland employers terminate their injured workers after decades of services, others terminate employees that recently started on the job.
If your employer has recently terminated you because of an injury you sustained while on the job contact a workers compensation attorney as soon as possible. This could be an attempt by them to save money or expenses.
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Can my employer terminate me after a work accident?
The short answer is that in most circumstances an employer can fire an employee for any reason they can find including “no reason at all.” For further explanation see Can they fire me for filing a workers comp claim.
I was hurt at work in Maryland and my employer terminated me. Why after years of service did they fire me?
The reasons are numerous but unfortunately one common theory among employers and why they terminate injured workers is because of costs. Once an employee is hurt on the job workers compensation premiums increase, dramatically. For a company that has never had a workers comp claim this can be a devastating financial burden. Often these premiums can be quite expensive to begin with and an increase is not within their budget.
Another common reason injured employees are terminated by their employer is that the employee is seen as vulnerable to injury. Once a shoulder or knee is injured there is an increased risk of further injury in the future. Multiple injuries will increase the insurance premiums and could cost the employer more than if they were to hire and retrain.
For the most part it seems employers terminate their injured workers for selfish reasons. It is to save the company expenses and avoid future expenses. However, there are instances that the employer simply can not retain the injured worker as an employer. Often, in smaller companies, the absence of one employee for even a few weeks can cost the employer greatly. The smaller a company, the more important each roll the employee plays. The prolonged absence of an employee can lead to a break down of the inter workings of the company. Quick and efficient replacement of the injured employee is often the only option.
Will my workers comp case be damaged since I was fired?
Fortunately in Maryland, workers compensation cases are not significantly affected when the employee is terminated. If the accident is a legitimate workers compensation case then the employer and/or their workers comp insurer will continue to be responsible to provide the benefits.
What do I do if my employer fired me right after a work accident?
It is important that any employee that was injured on the job and then terminated contact a workers compensation attorney to discuss their case. Depending on the scenario there may also be a claim under Employment law.
Just because an employee is injured on the job does not mean they are “covered” under workers comp. If the employee was fired they need to make sure that all the right steps were taken to preserve any workers compensation claim they may have. Filing a claim with the workers comp insurance company is not enough! There must be a claim filed with the Workers Compensation Commission, there must be deadlines met, and there must be supportive medical records.