On behalf of Castrodale Law, LLC on Monday, May 14, 2018.
It’s never the plan to be injured and unable to work. Especially when it’s a temporary job that already has a feeling of instability. You already feel like you’re at the bottom of the company hierarchy, and an injury seems like it would put you at even more risk.
Even though there is a long list of reasons that an employer can terminate a temporary worker, filing a workers’ compensation claim is not one of those reasons.
Being a temporary worker may make this situation seem more confusing, but you still have the same rights to workers’ compensation as any other employee.
First things first
If you’re injured while you’re on the job, the first two things you’ll need to do are see a doctor and talk to your employer. Doing these two things can help you make sure that you are able to get appropriate care. This will also help ensure you are compensated for any time lost due to your injury.
While your employer may have a certain doctor or clinic they recommend, you can see any Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation certified provider. Be sure you’re going to a certified provider so that the expense can be covered if your workers’ compensation claim is approved.
Make sure the appropriate people know what’s going on
Figuring out who to talk to can be complicated when you’re a temporary worker. There’s the person you report to at your work site and then there’s the representative at the agency who hired you and who coordinates your paycheck. There might even be a couple other people either on-site or with the agency who you talk to on a regular basis.
The employer on-site will most likely find out about your injury first, but you will also want to keep your agency representative informed so that they know what is going on.
No matter what the environment, workplace injuries happen. The most important thing is to make sure you get the treatment you need so that you can get back to work. To get there, you’re going to need the support and compensation you’re entitled to from your employer.