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Workers’ Compensation & Employer Responsibility

Posted by B. Patrick Agnew | Aug 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the United States, most employers must purchase workers' compensation insurance to cover on-the-job injuries. Unless an employer is exempt from purchasing workers' compensation, it is obligated to fulfill certain duties related to worker accidents. These include: Employers must post a notice in the workplace that it complies with state workers' compensation laws. If the The post Workers' Compensation & Employer Responsibility appeared first on Agnew & Rosenberger Virginia Law Firm.

In the United States, most employers must purchase workers' compensation insurance to cover on-the-job injuries. Unless an employer is exempt from purchasing workers' compensation, it is obligated to fulfill certain duties related to worker accidents. These include:

  • Employers must post a notice in the workplace that it complies with state workers' compensation laws. If the employer has multiple worksites, the notice must be posted at each one.
  • If an employee sustains an injury, the employer must immediately provide emergency medical treatment. This applies to any injury sustained by a worker who is on the job.
  • After an accident, the employer must complete a report. Failure to complete the report is guilty of a misdemeanor crime, which can lead to fines and other legal consequences.
  • If the insurance company requests additional information about a specific injury, the employer is obligated to provide it. This includes earing statements, work status statements, and more.

Your employer cannot retaliate after a workers' comp claim.

Unfortunately, these duties are not always enough to protect the rights of injured workers. After an accident, employees are also protected from retaliation. Any form of discrimination against an employee who files a claim is, by law, not tolerated and punishable by fines and penalties.

One of the most devastating forms of retaliation is wrongful discharge. As an employee, you have the right to seek compensation for your on-the-job injury, and your employer cannot terminate your job because you file a claim.

Other forms of retaliation include:

  • Reduced Salaries
  • Demotions
  • Unfair Treatment
  • Verbal Discrimination

Start your claim today with our Roanoke workers' compensation attorneys.

If you sustained a serious injury at work, speak with an attorney from Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC today. Our Roanoke law firm handles cases throughout Virginia, so contact our office today to schedule a case review with a member of our legal team. Your initial consultation is free.

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B. Patrick Agnew

B. Patrick Agnew was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and Bedford County. He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and studied philosophy and government. Patrick received his law degree from the Regent University School of Law.

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