When you’re hurt on the job, getting workers' comp benefits can be easier said than done. You may be worried about more than a denial letter, too. You may be worried that your boss will retaliate against you for filing a workers' comp claim. While it’s illegal in Iowa to retaliate against someone for seeking workers compensation, employers don’t always follow the law to the letter. Because of this, you may need to learn more about employer retaliation and your Iowa workers' comp rights. That information can help you get the right lawyer on your case to protect your rights as a worker.
What If My Employer Retaliates Against Me?
In Iowa, it’s illegal to terminate employment just because you filed a workers' comp claim. That means if your employer fired you, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. You have a right to your workers' comp benefits when you’re hurt on the job. Your employer may have also broken the law if they demoted you, cut your pay, or took disciplinary action against you. If the action is unfounded and based on the fact that you were seeking workers' comp, they could face penalties for their actions. If you believe your employer has retaliated against you, your workers comp lawyer in Iowa can help you gather evidence for your case. You’ll need to prove you’re due workers' comp benefits, that your employer took action against you, and that your employer reacted to your workers comp claim.
Gathering Evidence for Your Workers' Comp Claim
If you have grounds to file a lawsuit against your employer, gathering evidence may be your first step to getting justice after your employer retaliates against you. The evidence you need to prove your claim may depend on the details of your claim and why you believe your employer is acting inappropriately. For example, your employer may have said something directly to you or another person at your place of employment. Video evidence, written statements, and eyewitnesses can all help your claim succeed. If you’re unsure what evidence to use for your claim, your workers comp lawyer can help. They have the tools you need to gather evidence that helps your claim, and they can present that evidence in the courtroom against your employer.
Protect Your Iowa Workers' Comp Rights with a Lawyer
When you’re hurt on the job, you may need your Iowa workers' comp benefits in order to recover quickly and completely. It’s hard to recover from a serious injury without that financial support. Unfortunately, your employer may do more than deny your claim. They may retaliate against you, trying to protect profits and avoid paying for your loss. At Pothitakis Law Firm, PC, we’re prepared to fight for the workers' comp benefits you’re due. We’re also here to help workers who have been retaliated against take legal action to recover. If you believe your employer illegally retaliated against you, call (866) 753-4692 or complete the online contact form below to learn more about your options during a free consultation.