The Role of Your Employer
If you suffer an injury on the job, you must immediately notify your employer. Failure to notify your employer may keep you from recovering the benefits that you need. It will also allow your employer to suggest that you were hurt someplace else. For example, your employer could accuse you of hurting your back at home pushing a lawnmower rather than at work lifting boxes. Once you report your injury to your employer, the employer may accept and pay the claim or it may deny the claim.
Notifying the Bureau: Your employer is responsible for reporting your workplace injury to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation on your behalf. This makes the process of obtaining compensation less burdensome for injured workers. However, should your employer refuse to report your injury, you can file a claim petition to have your injury case heard by a workers’ compensation judge.
Further Employment: Your employer cannot fire you for filing for workers’ compensation. However, you can be fired for reasons related to your injury, such as extended absence from work.
Petitions: If your claim for workers’ compensation has been approved, your employer can file various petitions to the Bureau in response, including petitions to modify payments, petitions to suspend payment until your case is heard by a workers’ compensation judge, and petitions to terminate payment.
If you were hurt on the job and especially if your employer has refused to report your workplace injury or has notified you of the intent to return you to work or to terminate benefits, call Ross & Ross at (814) 274-8612 to let our experienced attorneys fight for the compensation you have earned.
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