The guiding principle behind workers’ compensation law is no fault. Accidents sometimes happen, and an injured worker may receive benefits regardless of who may have been at fault.
Unfortunately, not all employers respect the principle of no fault. Although North Carolina law requires nearly all employers with three or more employees to purchase workers’ compensation insurance, employers may not want their premiums to go up after a workplace accident. For that reason, employees who were injured on the job may be afraid to seek workers’ compensation benefits.
State law makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee after a workplace accident. That means a bonus or promotion cannot be withheld on that basis, nor can an employee be demoted or fired. Yet an employer may try to disguise adverse employment actions as merit based. This is one reason why an injured worker should consult with an attorney.
An attorney can work to maximize an injured worker’s benefits while protecting him or her from employer retaliation. An attorney can also investigate whether relief may be available under other laws. Our law firm has the experience to fight for injured workers’ rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act.