Coping with Difficult Employers After Work Injury
Accidents in the workplace need be to taken seriously and require immediate action. Whether you slipped when walking upstairs, injured yourself using machinery or have become ill from exposure to toxic particulates, you have certain entitlements that employers have no right to obstruct.
Unfortunately, some employers put pressure on an employee not to make a report or file a claim following a workplace injury. This kind of pressure can come in many forms, but it’s important to remember that you are entitled to file a WorkCover claim. An employer might downplay the significance of the incident or pressure you not to report the incident to avoid liability. You are entitled to see your doctor. The employer is not able to require you to see their doctors.
How to Deal with Pressure Not to Report
It can be very difficult to deal with a hostile environment following a workplace injury. Many workers have had to face bullying, lying and lost friendships as insurance companies, workplace injury lawyers and doctors investigate an incident. Other workers have received less favourable working conditions because of a workplace injury report or claim.
Workers compensation law prohibits employers from treating employees unfairly due to filing a work-related injury report, including:
- Suspending, demoting or terminating an employee following a claim
- Restricting or reducing hours of work or pay following a claim
- Denying an injured worker an opportunity to advance
If your employer is putting pressure on you not to report an incident, seek independent legal advice. This type of conduct is unlawful and must be carefully handled.
The Importance of Reporting an Incident
An employer is legally required to report a notifiable incident to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and to notify WorkCover of the incident even if you don’t intend to make a claim. This is crucial as a seemingly innocuous injury can cause bigger problems for the victim later down the track. Without recording the incident, you will be left with no recourse to getting compensation.
All businesses in Queensland that employ workers are legally required to provide insurance for workplace accidents, usually with WorkCover Queensland. Big businesses that employ at least 2000 workers may be eligible for self-insurance. However, they still need to meet regulations outlined in the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. Even if the employer has not taken out workers compensation insurance. You are still covered. The lack of insurance will become the employer problem, not yours.
Need Advice for a Work-Related Injury in Queensland?
If you have suffered an injury in the workplace, you should contact an experienced lawyer to evaluate your case and determine whether you are eligible for compensation. This is especially true if your employer is pressuring you not to make a report.
If you need a workplace injury lawyer in Brisbane or the Gold Coast, get in touch with Dwyer Law Group. We have more than 30 years of experience dealing with work accident. Contact us online or call us on 07 5610 5277 and ask about our ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement.