You may be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits after being terminated. However, you may experience some difficulty getting a former employer’s insurer to give you the compensation you deserve. Here’s what you need to know.
How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim After Being Fired
Receiving workers’ compensation benefits after being fired takes a little more effort than injury claims made by current employees. If you plan to request workers’ compensation benefits after being let go, here’s what you need to do:
- Connect with a workers’ compensation lawyer immediately. To be frank, you’re going to have a hard time convincing your employer’s insurance provider that your claim is genuine. It’s not impossible, but you will definitely benefit from bringing in reinforcements.
- Nail down the exact details of your injury. Your claim will likely be met with greater suspicion and you can expect to be thoroughly grilled about your injury in order, which is why building a strong case is key. Go over the nature of the accident or injury in detail with your attorney and seek out any witnesses in order to garner outside validation wherever possible.
- Collect receipts, bills, and other evidence of your injury-related costs. The more hard evidence you have of your injury and its effects on your life and finances, the better your chances will be of receiving the benefits you deserve.
What to Do When an Insurer Denies Your Post-Termination Workers’ Comp Claim
No matter how strong your case, an insurer may be hesitant to grant workers’ comp benefits. Despite your injury being legitimate and personally costly, insurance providers may assume your injury claim is just a way of getting back at your employer. They may also suspect your claim is a way is getting money to compensate for new lack of income. When this happens, getting in touch with a workers’ compensation claims lawyer immediately.
What to Do if You Suspect Foul Play
Sometimes employers will fire injured workers so they won’t have to compensate them. In addition to being illegal, this can worsen the blow of a work-related injury, leaving workers and their loved ones without the resources or income necessary to afford treatment, job-related retraining, etc. If you have reason to believe you were fired because of your injury, get in touch with an Orange County workers’ comp attorney immediately by calling (844) 612-5800.
Our Orange County Workers’ Comp Lawyers Are Tough, Experienced, and Motivated to Help
Worried about getting the workers’ comp benefits you deserve after being fired? Our team at Humphrey & Associates can help. We have decades of experience, a wealth of collective legal knowledge, and an in-depth understanding of the California workers’ comp process. We can answer all of your workers’ comp questions and provide you with the authoritative, trustworthy legal guidance you need. All you have to do is call.
Start by scheduling your free, no-obligation consultation and find out how we can help. Call (844) 612-5800 to speak to a member of our team now.