“If I file for workers’ comp / hire an attorney, will I get fired?”
1.) Short answer: It is possible that your employer may fire you.
2.) Medium answer: Illinois is an at-will employment state, so in most situations, it is possible that your employer could fire you at any time for any reason, as long as the reason itself is not illegal.
3.) Complete answer: Your employer may possibly fire you, BUT if it can be proven that they did so in retaliation for pursuing your rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, then, you may also have a Retaliatory Discharge case against your then-former-employer. We could help you obtain legal help for that possible case, if that situation happens. But it is very important to note that we represent many injured workers who do not get fired for simply filing an Application for Adjustment of Claim at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Please know that it is NOT a “lawsuit” against your employer, but simply an Application for benefits per your rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Call an experienced workers’ comp attorney for a free private talk about your unique situation, concerns, and questions. Work comp and personal injury attorney Peter Corti is one option for you at (312)-782-8372. I would be honored to take your call and provide answers. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.