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How to Handle a Wrongful Termination Due to Work Injury

How to Handle a Wrongful Termination Due to Work Injury

If you’re injured on the job in Missouri and file a workers’ compensation claim, there’s a valid concern that you may be wrongfully terminated as a result. Wrongful termination and retaliation adds undue stress to an already chaotic time when you should be recovering. Here’s how to deal with your employer if you are fired or receive notice.

Know Your Workers’ Compensation Rights

Missouri law prohibits employers from discriminating or terminating an employee due to filing for workers’ compensation. If you believe this has happened to you, there are several steps you can take. To file a wrongful termination claim, you must be able to prove the following:

  • You filed a workers’ compensation claim.
  • You were an employee before your injury.
  • Your employer discriminated against or discharged you.
  • There is a causal relationship between your workers’ compensation claim and the discrimination or being fired.

Even if you aren’t fired, it is still considered retaliation if you are forced to quit because your employer created a hostile work environment by worsening your working conditions. If that’s the case, you’ll still be able to file a wrongful termination claim; however, it’s important to be able to prove all four conditions.

Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may have to prove that your workers’ compensation claim was the sole reason for your employer’s actions and not just a factor. Building a successful claim takes time and energy away from your recovery process, that’s why it is important to have a workers’ comp lawyer in your corner. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal process and get you the benefits you deserve for your wrongful termination.

Experienced Wrongful Termination Legal Services

Whether your employer is treating you differently or has fired you because of a workplace injury, the team at Lanzotti & Rau is here to help. Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers are ready to help you pursue legal action to receive compensation for your on-the-job injury and help you fight your wrongful termination case. To learn more about our workers’ compensation legal services or how we handle our cases, call us today at 573-335-9300 to schedule a free consultation.