Workplace injuries can often result in serious consequences. If your injury leaves you with a permanent or temporary disability, it may be difficult to perform your job responsibilities. It is important to understand that you have rights following a workplace injury. If you believe you have been unfairly fired after being injured at work, you should consult an experienced employment law attorney at once.
In the state of Georgia, it is illegal to fire an employee simply because a workers’ compensation claim is filed after a workplace injury. However, it may be possible to lose your job if your injury prevents you from performing your job duties. Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer Laurie Robbins has more than 30 years of experience handling these complex cases, and she understands the laws which govern them. If you have been wrongfully terminated after a workplace injury, Ms. Robbins will fight aggressively to ensure your rights are protected.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers must make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s disability before firing them. These accommodations may include:
- A modified work schedule
- Modified work equipment
- Restructuring the job to accommodate issues caused by the workplace injury
If your employer fired you without reasonably attempting to make these and other accommodations after your injury, you may be entitled to receive compensation for any damages you suffered as a result of your employer’s actions. This may include:
- Lost income
- Lost future earning capacity if you cannot find a comparable job
- All costs associated with your workplace injury
The first step you should take if you are fired after your workplace injury is to call Ms. Robbins. She will make sure your best interests are protected throughout this difficult time.
Please contact Robbins & Associates today to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve clients in Atlanta, Georgia.