Q Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim?
It's illegal to fire a worker for filing a claim through workers’ compensation in Kansas City.
Workers’ compensation is there to protect you and your employer, too. What exactly does this mean? Most employers are required, by law, to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you're injured while working or become ill due to a workplace environmental issue, you can file a workers’ compensation claim.
In most cases, it doesn’t matter how you were injured or who is at fault for the injury. As long as you were injured at work you should have a valid claim.
When your claim is granted it should cover medical expenses and a percentage of your missed wages. The exact percentage of wage reimbursement depends on which state you work in.
By taking part in the workers’ compensation system, you give up the right to sue your employer over the injury. The system isn't optional, and is meant to work efficiently for the sake of you and your employer.
One caveat: if an employer was already planning on terminating an employee with cause, they could still terminate that employee while they are out on workers’ comp. Even in a situation like this, you still might be able to receive some benefits through workers’ comp while you remain injured.
If you've been fired after a workplace injury in Kansas City and you think filing your claim is the reason for your termination, you should contact an attorney who understands workers’ compensation laws in Missouri and Kansas.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.