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What Are Your Rights If You Are Injured at Work?

Published on Sep 17, 2021 at 8:36 am in Workplace Injury.

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You shouldn’t have to worry about getting hurt at work, but sometimes accidents happen. No matter what caused your injury, your own negligence or your employer’s, then you still deserve to recover from what happened to you. In these cases, you’ll need the support of your employer’s workers’ compensation to financially recover from your on-the-job injuries.

After being injured at your work, you should know your rights so that you aren’t taken advantage of. Dealing with healing from an injury is already tough enough, you shouldn’t have to worry about your employment rights on top of that. You should be able to feel secure in knowing that you can recover financially from your work injuries. Let’s take a look at employee rights after injuries.

Arkansas Workers’ Compensation

You might feel like you don’t have many options after you get hurt at your job. You might think you can’t recover any compensation because you were partially at fault for what happened. But that’s not necessarily true. In Arkansas, you have basic rights under workers’ compensation that are available to you if you get injured at work.

Here are some of those rights you should know when you get hurt at work in Arkansas:

  • You need to report a work injury right away, and then your employer will file a report about the incident.
  • Workers’ compensation is paid for by your employer, you don’t have to worry about those costs.
  • Workers’ compensation covers all of your medical costs for the injuries you suffered.
  • Your employer will give you a list of doctors who you can visit for your injuries because those are the doctors who are covered under their policy.
  • You can also recover lost wages from workers’ comp if your injuries prevent you from returning to work, but that must be noted by your doctor.

As a worker, you might not know all of this until you get hurt on the job, but you should be aware of the rights that you have before you get injured. That way, you know how the process works, what kind of claim to file, and what kind of compensation you can recover from all of this. Having a lawyer on your side helps ensure that your rights are protected, and you get the financially recover from your injuries and any other damages you suffer.

General Employee Rights

Now that you know your rights when you’re injured at work, you might be thinking about what other rights you have in the workplace. You should know the general rights that are ensured under the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) so that you can recognize when those rights have been violated.

Here are the general rights that you should know as an employee in the United States:

  • You have the right to be free from discrimination of any kind during the hiring process and during employment, which includes discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexuality, gender identity, age, and genetic information.
  • You have the right to receive equal pay for equal work.
  • You have the right to reasonable accommodations if you have a disability or if your religious beliefs require them.
  • You have the right to privacy when you provide your employer with personal or medical information, meaning they won’t share it with anyone.
  • You have the right to report any discrimination that you face, and if you do report it, you legally cannot face retaliation from your employer.

You likely know these rights and have a general understanding of them, but that might not keep you from being worried about what happens when any of these are broken. You deserve to be in a comfortable workspace, which is why all of these rights exist. When they’re infringed upon, you likely won’t know where to turn or who will support you. An employment lawyer will help you protect your rights and fight against your employer.

McMath Woods P.A. Is Here for You

You shouldn’t have to suffer with a work injury alone. When your employer or another party was responsible for the injury that you acquired on the job, you might choose to file a work injury claim. At McMath Woods P.A., our Little Rock work injury lawyer is here to help you recover what you deserve from the damages that you endured.

Our experienced attorneys are prepared to fight for your rights and guide you through the claim process. We’ll answer all of your questions in terms that you understand so that you can be comfortable and confident in your claim. Reach out to our office today so we can get started.

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