Why do employers avoid discussing work comp benefits with employees?
Regardless of where you work, your employer must have workers’ compensation insurance in case you get hurt on the job. However, many employers don’t want to advertise this.
An informal online poll showed that 88 percent of employers wrongly thought that discussing workers’ comp benefits with their employees would cause them to file a workers’ comp claim. They try to limit these claims in order to pay lower insurance premiums the following year.
However, discussing workers’ comp benefits with employees does not necessarily lead to additional claims. Employees deserve to know what to expect if they are ever injured at work. In fact, many workers end up hiring attorneys simply because they want information. They cannot seem to get answers about benefits from their employers.
Rather than withholding information from employees, employers should be open about discussing workers’ compensation. They should also hang a poster with their workers’ compensation policy info in a common area where people will see it. Doing so can prevent misconceptions and even make a difference in the outcome of the workers’ comp claim.
If you were hurt in a NJ work accident, you probably have questions about what to do next. You may want to get in touch with a Morristown workers’ compensation lawyer. Manfred Ricciardelli has over 20 years of experience representing injured workers in New Jersey. He will help determine if you have a case and figure out the best course of action.
We invite you to come in for a free, one-on-one consultation at our office. To get started, call 973-285-1100 or fill out our online contact form. If you hire us to represent you, we only get paid if you win your case.
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