I was injured at work and am still on light duty with workers comp. Today I got fired for going to an appointment for the injury.what can I do?
2 Answers from Attorneys
You need to get yourself a workers compensation attorney as soon as possible.
Hi. I am an Illinois-licensed workers' compensation attorney that handles claims in all parts of the state.
I am sorry to hear about this turn of events for you, but you may have a legal recourse.
Under the Illinois workers' compensation laws, you may have a claim where you could be entitled to considerable compensation if it can be shown that your employer terminated you in retaliation for your work injury. This is called a "retaliatory discharge" claim.
Also, you have many rights under the worker's compensation law when in comes to your treatment for your injury. If you have any on-going or longer term symptoms from your injury, you are entitled to a lump sum amount of compensation, which can be a large amount, depending on the nature of your injury. We typically resolve worker's compensation claims with injuries involving on-going issues in the range of $15,000-$75,000. More detail, however, would be needed, to determine first, the approximate value of your claim, and, secondly, whether you have a case for "retaliatory discharge".
For your convenience, I can be reached directly via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I take calls on weekends also, as well as during normal business hours on weekdays. Thanks.
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