How Does Corruption Hurt Workers' Comp Claims?

From cuts to burns to falling from ladders, avoiding workplace injury is virtually unavoidable. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were about 2.9 million reported nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in private industries from 2003 to 2015. That number gets significantly higher once you take into account the number of unreported injuries occurring daily.

Why Don’t People Report Their Injuries?

The Center for Construction Research and Training interviewed some construction workers about why they never reported injuries acquired on the job. For some, it was a matter of pride. They viewed filing a work injury claim as weak or feared they would be seen as weak by their current or future employers. Others decided the paperwork was too complicated. Several other workers were afraid their employers would retaliate against them, either for filing the claim or for seeing a doctor for the injury during the work day.

What Does Corruption Look Like?

The construction workers who feared retaliation were probably working for a corrupt employer. While some companies may have their employees’ best interests in mind, others only care about revenue. According to unethical companies, an employee who can’t work can’t earn a profit, and an employee who can’t work and who also requires medical care and compensation while they heal is a drain on company resources. These businesses will do everything in their power to ignore your claim or suggest punishment for filing the claim, despite the illegality of their actions.

What Do I Do If My Employer Is Corrupt?

If you’re working for an unethical company, you are protected by the law. An employer can’t fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. And, if you file a claim and they ignore it, you must submit Form WC-14 to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation to protect your rights within a year from the date of your accident.

You’re entitled to your benefits. If you don’t receive any, you can request a hearing before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, and your case will be decided by an Administrative Law Judge who will listen to you, your lawyer, and your company and its counsel.

Protect your rights! Contact us today to speak to one of our experienced Cobb County workers’ comp attorneys. Make sure you have a lawyer who will fight for your benefits.