AA recent report, conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), found that workers regularly did not report on-the-job accidents or injuries even though such reporting is mandatory. They also found that one reason for this lack of reporting was due to real or perceived pressure from their employers to hide or downplay work-related accidents – as well as the fear that reporting a workplace accident or illness would result in discipline or the loss of their job.
It is extremely important to understand that it is illegal for your employer to retaliate against an accident, illness, or injury report. They cannot punish you, fire you, or treat you unfairly for reporting an on-the-job incident. It is also important to understand that not seeking medical care for a serious injury or shopping for a minimal diagnosis for an injury can be extremely hazardous to your health.
If you have been injured in a Texas workplace accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If you were fired as a direct result of reporting the accident, you may wish to sue your employer for wrongful termination. To learn more about your case from a Houston worker injury attorney, call Vujasinovic & Beckcom today.