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Can Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Get Me Fired?3 minute read

Many people have concerns about losing their job after an injury at work.  Some have known people who have lost their job after an injury.  Some people think their company will fire them if they hire an attorney.

Many people ask the following questions during their initial consultation with me: “Will I get fired for hiring an attorney?”

I cannot tell you for sure what your employer will do.  What I can tell you is that I have never had a client get fired for hiring me.  So, the chances are probably pretty slim that you will get fired for hiring an attorney.

Hiring an attorney could provide you some protection after an injuryWhy Would Your Employer Fire You For Hiring an Attorney?

As I mentioned, I do not know of any client who has ever been fired for hiring me.  Why is that?

I believe it is because it would usually not be smart for your employer to fire you for hiring an attorney.  Hiring an attorney could actually make it less likely that you will get fired.  There are two reasons for this.

  1. Your employer knows that you were willing to hire an attorney about one legal issue.  This means that you are more likely to hire an attorney to help you out if they violate the law when they fire you. Most companies want to avoid an additional claim.
  2. It can hurt your employer in the workers’ compensation case if they fire you.  One of the ways that companies decrease the money they pay in workers’ compensation is bringing you back to work.  When they fire you, they usually lose the chance to do this.

Does my employer need a good reason to fire me?

The truth is that your employer may be able to fire you for just about any reason.   They can even fire you for a stupid reason.  Most employees in Georgia are in an “at will” employment relationship.  This means your company can fire you for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all.

Your employer might fire you for hiring an attorney, but I have seen many more people who were fired who did not have an attorney.  This can put you in a bad situation.  You may be able to get workers’ compensation benefits afterward, but you will probably have to go to court.

What protections do I have from being fired?

Your employer cannot fire you for some prohibited reasons.  Certain federal laws prohibit your employer firing you because of your race, your sex, and your religion among other things.  If you have been fired for a reason that you believe is improper, you should contact an attorney who specializes in employment law.

Our firm does not handle employment law cases but we do know attorneys that do.  If you need help and would like us to recommend someone, just give us a call us at (770) 214-8885.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

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Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
moombimoombi
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.
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