Should you lie about getting hurt at work?

What happens if an employer tells you to lie about getting hurt on-the-job and how to protect your legal rights under Michigan workers’ compensation?

A distressed woman called our office last week regarding her grandson. She was convinced the employer would not live up to its promises if the grandson lied to emergency room doctors about how the accident occurred. Her instincts were 100% correct and this white lie could have been fatal to any future workers’ compensation case.

It is very disturbing when an employer takes advantage of an employee hurt on-the-job. This happens when misinformation is given about his or her legal rights. Promises about paying medical bills and wage loss benefits are rarely kept.

Telling the truth is the best way to protect your legal rights under workers’ compensation. Medical history at the time of accident must match with future trial testimony. This evidence can make or break your case as the magistrate will carefully review all medical records.

We have also seen situations where employees are required to sign away workers’ compensation benefits in exchange for some nominal payment. These side agreements are not enforceable without approval by a magistrate.

It is also illegal to terminate an employee for exercising his or her legal rights under workers’ compensation. Employees should not feel scared or bulled when making a claim. Contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer if you are not getting benefits.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.

Related information:

Injured at work? Advice from a Michigan workers comp lawyer (VIDEO)

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