Can I be fired for filing a work comp claim?


One common fear that most of our clients have when they go to hire a firm to represent them in a workers’ compensation case is, ‘Can I be fired, or will I be fired?’ And the answer is clearly no. 

Under Missouri law, it is illegal for an employer to fire or punish an employee for filing a workers’ comp claim. Now, with that being said, there are specific duties that the employee has under the law of workers’ comp. 

The employer can terminate the employee for post-injury misconduct. What is that? It can be a lot of different things. So I really recommend folks don’t be afraid of bringing a workers’ comp lawyer into your case because certainly, we’re very valuable and helpful to guide you through that process as far as what’s allowed and what’s not allowed. 

But the bottom line is clearly an employer cannot fire you solely for filing a workers’ comp claim. So don’t let that scare you. 

We’d love to work with you in your workers’ compensation case and help you navigate the more difficult and tricky area of Missouri workers’ comp law. Terry and I’ve been doing this for almost 30 years, and we love to work with clients in this area of law. Check out our information below.