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Man files suit claiming he was let go for seeking workers’ comp

No one wants to get hurt at work, and no one goes out of his or her way to get injured while on the job. However, even though employers in the Los Angeles area understand that they have the responsibility to pay workers' compensation when their employees do get hurt on the job, not all of them want to cooperate with that obligation.

A man is seeking damages after he claims he was unjustly fired when he tried to seek workers’ compensation for being hurt on the job. According to reports, the man, who worked at Sam’s Club, claims he was injured while he was pushing grocery carts into the store from the parking lot. He reportedly told his manager that he needed workers’ compensation paperwork, however, he claims he never received them.

According to the lawsuit, the man eventually told his manager that he would have to miss time because he needed surgery. The man claims his manager then acted bitter towards him and that he was eventually fired because he asked for workers’ compensation.

It will be interesting to see how the court rules in this matter. If it’s determined that the man was unfairly fired, then he could be eligible to receive compensation for all of the time he missed, as well as for being fired. No one who is hurt on the job because of an accident should have to fight for workers’ compensation. However, if you have been hurt and are having trouble collecting workers’ compensation, then you might want to consider speaking with an attorney.

Source: The West Virginia Record, “Former Sam's Club employee says he was fired after seeking workers' comp,” Thomas Kallies, Mar. 20, 2014

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