I got hurt at work and then I got fired. Can they do that? Can the employer do that? Can they terminate me after I’ve been injured on the job? Unfortunately, this is something that we’re seeing a lot of, and the specifics of if they can or cannot terminate you are really based on what exactly happened. So you’ll really want to reach out to a Georgia’s workers’ compensation attorney because if they fired you, and it can be proven that it was because of your work injury, then you are entitled to income benefits and, of course, medical benefits for your workers’ compensation claim.
If they terminate you, and it’s for reasons other than your work injury, such as you didn’t show up on time, you were belligerent or talked back to a manager and they wrote you up three or four times, or whatever the policy is for the employer, then they arguably do not have to pay you income benefits or weekly checks, but you still have what’s considered a medical only claim where you can get the medical treatment you need as it relates to your injury, but you will not be able to obtain income benefits if the facts show that it was because of you being difficult to your employer that you got terminated. So we hope that you found this helpful, and we hope that you’ll come check out our other videos. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call.
Ty Wilson is a workers’ compensation attorney in Georgia and is dedicated to helping injured people and their families. Call his office today at 866-937-5454 to order his free report, Common Myths Associated with Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims. This report is intended to give you and/or your loved one a basic understanding of what you are entitled to under workers’ compensation and more importantly what you are not entitled to in your Georgia workers’ compensation claim.