A work-related injury can change your life. Whether it’s a permanent or temporary disability, you need to know whether you will be able to work again and if your employer will hold your job. While worker’s compensation can help with benefits like wage loss and vocational rehabilitation, chances are you would like to return to work.
Review the ADA Criteria
Although you may be worried about job loss, there are protections in place to mitigate the risk for work-related injuries in Oregon. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that employers make reasonable accommodations before firing an employee who cannot work due to an injury. Whether you experienced hearing loss or a knee injury, your employer has a responsibility to uphold. Modified schedules, special equipment, and restructuring the job description are all examples of accommodations.
Speak to an Attorney
If you suspect that your employer is not meeting the ADA criteria for your return to work, reach out to a workers’ compensation attorney. They will be able to determine if the employer is violating your rights and review your options. If you have been terminated as a direct result of your injuries, you may be eligible for damages from your former employer.
You have suffered enough with a work-related injury; you should not have to worry about losing your livelihood too.