Q What are my rights if I have a workplace injury?
If you are suffering with a workplace injury, you may feel alone and afraid. However, you have the right to receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
The first thing to keep in mind is that your employer has a responsibility to you and to your safety. If your employer breaches that responsibility, contact a New Jersey accident attorney as soon as possible.
Safety Standards Are Required for All Employers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversees workplace safety across the country. With the help of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, better known as OSHA, workplace safety is a number-one priority.
OSHA grants you the following rights:
- to know about any job dangers and potential for injuries from your employer;
- to ask your employer to fix a hazardous condition;
- to contact OSHA and file a complaint anonymously; and
- to file a complaint about workplace danger without your employer's retaliation.
If OSHA suspects a dangerous work environment, they can inspect your workplace without notifying your employer.
Employer Retaliation is Illegal
OSHA offers employees a safe forum for exposing potential hazards at the workplace. The law gives you the ability to file a complaint without fear of retaliation from your boss. Not only is your complaint confidential, but also if your supervisor somehow determines you are the one to blame for the federal agency’s arrival, you cannot be threatened.
Just as your employer is barred from any retaliation because of an OSHA complaint, he or she may not intimidate you when filing a Workers’ Compensation claim. You have every right to have your medical bills covered if you have a workplace injury.
Find out more about how you can protect yourself at the workplace and avoid a workplace injury.
Contact a New Jersey Accident Attorney Today
Workplace injuries can be devastating on so many levels, affecting every aspect of your life and that of your family’s as well. If you or a loved one has a workplace injury, contact the attorneys at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. LLC. We represent good, honest people in work accidents and workers’ compensation claims. Check out our Workers’ Compensation page today and find out how we can help you. Or call us at 1-973-285-1100 for a free consultation.