A clear understanding of employees’ rights, both before and after workplace injuries, is a key starting point from which to investigate the facts behind an injury on the job.
Contact A Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Lawyer To Talk About Health And Safety At Your Workplace
Discuss the particulars of your workplace injury with an experienced attorney — or talk about a situation at your company, store or office that gives you reason to suspect safety and health rules are being violated. Contact Sousa & Minogue, LLC, in Shelton, Connecticut, by phone at 888-973-8204 or by email to schedule a free initial consultation. Learn what your rights were before the injury — and what your rights are now you have been injured.
Has Your Employer Violated OSHA Safety And Health Regulations?
In a preventive vein, employers have responsibilities to practice accepted workplace safety guidelines established by OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), covering such topics as safety inspections. Workers are entitled to a safe work environment. Employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees who file safety and health complaints.
Has Your Employer Followed Federal Regulations For Reporting And Responding To Your Workplace Injury?
After an injury has occurred at a workplace, employers likewise have duties to report certain types of incidents to higher-level agencies, and to refrain from discrimination against workers or surviving family members who are making claims in injury or death cases. No employer is allowed to terminate employees because they have filed workers’ compensation claims. Your job is protected by law. In the event you are fired after filing a workplace injury claim and you are forced to sue your employer, you may be entitled to back pay as well as attorneys’ fees.
What Is A Claim And What Is A Lawsuit?
Filing a workers’ compensation claim does not mean you are suing your employer. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance — a safety net for both employees and employers. It is your right to file a claim after a workplace injury just as surely as it is your right to file an auto insurance claim after an auto accident.
On the other hand, if your employer violates your legal rights when you have been injured and file a claim, then a lawsuit against your employer may be required in order to secure your full rights.
Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation if you have been diagnosed with a repetitive strain injury resulting from your work activities, or if you have suffered a traumatic injury on the job, however minor or serious.