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Can employees suffer retaliation for using workers’ compensation?

It seems that injuries are almost unavoidable in high-risk professions across the United States these days. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits provide a level of protection to ensure that employees can not only keep an income, but also resume their job duties once they recover from an injury. However, it is not uncommon for employers to retaliate against those who are injured at work and rightfully use workers’ compensation. Here are a few things to know for Iowa residents who find themselves in this position.

Full-time employees in Iowa who are injured on the job have a right to file for workers’ compensation. It doesn’t matter if the job is white collar or blue collar, or if the injury is sudden or an injury that occurred over the course of years. Workers’ comp will cover medical expenses and reimburse employees for work they have to miss while injured or sick. Also, workers’ compensation is considered a no-fault type of insurance. Typically, an ill or injured worker is covered regardless of who was at fault for the illness or injury.

Every state has laws that make filing for workers’ comp a protected activity. This means an employer cannot fire an employee in retaliation for filing for workers’ compensation. If an employee is fired in retaliation, it is recommended that he or she collect all possible evidence about the illness or injury and the former employer. This includes medical records from before and after the injury, as well as photos or videos of the incident or workplace.

Every year there are thousands of workers across the country who suffer injuries at work. Employees who are injured on the job have a right to be reimbursed for lost pay and medical expenses. When employers retaliate against workers for filing for workers’ compensation, legal action can be taken. By speaking with a seasoned attorney who understands the laws governing workplace injuries, victims can gain a clear picture of their options and how to proceed.