If you’re hurt on the job, you deserve to be compensated. However, many employees forego the workers’ compensation process, believing that it will create more trouble than it’s worth. Take a minute to learn about some common preconceived notions that are simply incorrect. Instead, you’ll find the truth about workers’ compensation benefits in Oregon.
The First Myth: It’s Discretionary
Many employee benefits are non-mandatory, including retirement plans, vacation allotments, and tuition reimbursements. But you’ll notice that workers’ compensation isn’t on this list. That’s because it’s not optional. Your employer is required by law to provide these benefits.
The Second Myth: It’s Fault-Based
Some workers believe that they won’t receive any compensation for injuries that they cause themselves. It’s important to remember that this is a myth—even if your injury was due to your own inexperience or inattentiveness. If you receive injuries during work hours, you have a case for workers’ compensation. Keep in mind, however, that this does not apply to incidents related to drug or alcohol use.
The Third Myth: It’s Grounds For Dismissal
If your boss attempts to let you go after you seek workers’ compensation benefits in Oregon, it’s crucial to consult a lawyer right away. This is an act of retaliation, and there are significant penalties for employers who engage in such a practice.
Reach out to the attorneys at Mark Thesing Inc. to learn more about workers’ compensation.