Workers' Compensation FMLA Lawyers Pittsburgh

When you are injured on the job, you have a right to file a workers' compensation claim for your injuries and lost wages. Though an employer cannot fire or lay you off because you filed for workers' compensation benefits, your employer is not required to hold your job or provide you with a different job when you return from your injury. While workers' comp provides little job protection, you have a right to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Few workers' compensation attorneys understand the complex interplay between workers' comp and the FMLA, which could leave injured workers in a vulnerable position. At Samuel J. Cordes & Associates in Pittsburgh, we bring more than 25 years of employment law experience to our workers' compensation practice, which ensures that our clients' rights are fully protected. To discuss your case with one of our lawyers, call 412-567-5444.

Your Rights Under Workers' Comp and the FMLA

Under Pennsylvania workers' compensation law, your employer cannot fire you or otherwise retaliate against you for filing a work comp claim. However, you can be let go for other reasons. If you have suffered a serious health condition at work, the FMLA can provide powerful job protection for you. The FMLA provides employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for events such as the birth of a baby, for a serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member who is ill. It also requires an employer to maintain health benefits during the leave.

Additionally, under the FMLA, if you are offered a light duty job and feel you are not ready to go back to work, you may refuse and still receive up to 12 weeks of FMLA protection. However, your workers' compensation benefits may be forfeited at that time.

If your workers' compensation injury has resulted in a disability, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), your employer must provide you with reasonable accommodations, including extending your leave or providing you with a light duty job.

Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the overlapping of workers' compensation laws and the FMLA and ADA. We are strong advocates for injured workers and will ensure that your rights are fully protected under all applicable laws and that you receive the workers' compensation you need and deserve.

Contact Our Pennsylvania Family and Medical Leave Lawyers

Know your rights regarding workers' compensation and the FMLA. To learn more, call Samuel J. Cordes & Associates at 412-567-5444 or contact us online.