Fired for a Work Injury- Know Your Right to Workers Compensation

Often, many employees who work as assistants, housekeepers, and maids fear that they have no recourse if they are injured on the job.  Recently, the actress Sharon Stone was sued because she fired her housekeeper after she suffered a work injury.  The housekeeper requested a medical leave or modified duties based on her doctor's advice and was instead fired by the popular actress for this work injury.  

In this case, California and federal laws offer employees the rights to workers compensation benefits.  They also guarantee that as an employee, the housekeeper should have received modified duties due to the back injury she suffered on the job.  However, the housekeeper was fired instead. 

The Right to Workers Compensation

Employees in California, including those employees who work in nontraditional home situations such as housekeepers, are entitled to Workers' Compensation.  The state maintains a fund of benefits available to injured workers and mandates that employers obtain insurance that pays into this fund.  In return, the state's fund pays these injured workers so the business does not have to.  

Often, employees injured on the job have suffered a work injury that could be long lasting or life altering.  In these instances, where extended medical care is required and the employee cannot return to work, long term benefits are also available.  

In the case of housekeepers and other workers in nontraditional home settings, at issue is whether a person was hired on as an employee or as a contractor.  This distinction becomes important not only for tax information but also for workers' compensation benefits.  To determine whether you are eligible for workers compensation, you should call a skilled work injury attorney today. 

Get Help for Your Injuries

If you have been injured on the job, you could be suffering and in pain.  Depending upon the circumstances and the nature of your work, employees could suffer a number of debilitating injuries, including:

  • back injuries
  • neck and spinal cord injuries
  • brain injuries
  • internal bleeding
  • difficulty breathing due to toxic substances
  • amputation
  • paralysis
  • death
It is important to obtain the medical help you need and to call a skilled work injury attorney to secure the compensation you need to move on with your life.  Call a work injury attorney today.  Don't suffer in silence.