When employees search for information about workers’ compensation, it’s important to stay aware of the popular myths and misconceptions that are circulating everywhere. While these myths may sound convincing, they are simply not true.
Having correct information about workers’ compensation can help ensure that workers receive the rights and benefits they deserve.
Here are some of the myths about workers’ compensation that you should be aware of.
Common myths about workers’ compensation
· Only injuries that occur in the workplace are covered by workers’ compensation. Fake. Workers’ compensation also covers injuries that can occur outside of the workplace, as long as you are performing work-related activities at the time of the injury. For example, an injury that may occur while a worker is driving a company vehicle, either to transport things, attend meetings, visit clients, etc.
· You cannot get workers’ compensation if the injury was your fault. Fake. Workers’ compensation benefits are generally available to employees who are injured on the job, regardless of fault. This is because workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, which means that an employee can receive benefits even if they caused their own injury. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If the injury was caused by the employee’s willful misconduct or intoxication (drugs, alcohol), the employee may not be eligible to receive it.
· Your employer can fire you if you file for workers’ compensation. It is important to understand that, under federal and state laws, it is illegal to fire a worker for getting hurt on the job and apply for workers’ compensation benefits, as this would be considered retaliation. If an employer did, the worker could sue for wrongful termination.
If you have been injured on the job and have questions about your right to file for workers’ compensation, contact us as soon as possible. At the Grupo Vía Dorada legal firm, we will make sure that your rights are respected and that you get what you need after an injury.