What are your options after your boss denies workers’ comp?

| Nov 30, 2020 | Blog, Workers' Compensation

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a workplace accident, the next step is to speak with your employer and apply for workers’ comp. These funds will allow you to heal at home without the stress of not having enough money to pay your monthly bills. Workers’ comp is, in fact, legally required for companies to have within California and across the country. That is why it is such a big issue when employers deny these funds to their injured employers. The following includes further information regarding the denial of workers’ comp and the options you have at your disposal.

The FECA

There are many reasons why your employer may not want to provide you with workers’ compensation, and many of those are deemed illegal. For many employees, their focus is to ensure that their bills are paid until they are ready to get back to work. Fortunately, in 1908, the U.S government created the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, or FECA. This means that if an employer does not have the funds to cover their employee’s time off or simply refuses, the employee may still obtain funds from the workers’ compensation system.

Filing a lawsuit

If you have evidence that your request for workers’ comp was denied unfairly, then it may be in your best interest to file a lawsuit against your employer. It is recommended, however, to ensure that you have the proper documents to back up your claims. It should be noted that a lawsuit comes with the risk of potentially putting yourself in a situation where you are accused of being injured due to your own actions. This accusation may affect the workers’ comp benefits that the state is currently offering you.

The legal obstacles of obtaining workers’ comp or filing a lawsuit against your employer are plenty. You may want to have an experienced attorney at your side. An attorney may help you understand your options if your boss denies you workers’ comp.

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