No matter the location or type of job, as workers’ comp attorneys we are always surprised when we read about a hard working employee who is prohibited from receiving benefits after being injured on the job. Such is the case of an Illinois worker who claims he was fired from his job for attempting to file for WC benefits.
According to an article on the MadisonRecord.com, a man was working as a supervisor for an explosives company in Alton, IL when he sustained leg and arm injuries, that kept him out of work for 1 week. When he tried to file for workers’ comp benefits so that he could be reimbursed for his medical costs, his suit claims that he was fired from his job just over 2 weeks later.
In the article, the man’s suit states, “The termination of the Plaintiff’s employment with the Defendant is causually related and intended by the Defendant in retaliation for Plaintiff’s pursuit of his remedies under the Workers’ Compensation Act.”
The Workers’ Compensation Act was put into effect to protect workers who are injured in the job. Because in some cases, such as the one above, an employer may try to shrug off any responsibility for a worker’s injury. If you are injured on the job, you need someone on your side. Contact the workers’ comp attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.