Unfortunately, we see a lot of cases in which seriously injured workers (especially middle aged workers and older) end up being fired from their jobs. The terminations usually fall under one of four categories.
The first general category is that at some jobs if a worker reports an injury they will be terminated almost immediately.
The second firing category is that the employer claims that the injured worker has violated some work rule, and this violation is the reason for the termination. A frequent termination reason cited is that the worker has missed work for medical treatment, and the worker has allegedly failed to comply with employer’s rules on notifications for missed work. However, injured workers end up getting fired for a wide variety of alleged rule violations including safety violations, time clock violations, damaging company property, falsifying company records, insubordination, poor performance, using company property for personal business, inability to return to full duty work within a required time period, going over the limited number of absences permitted by the employer, and inability to perform their job because of the injury.