Workplace injuries can be physically and emotionally taxing for employees. Unfortunately, some employers respond to these situations with manipulation tactics to avoid covering the cost of medical bills or damaging their company's reputation. With enough bullying, employees that do not understand their rights may be discouraged from seeking compensation for their injuries.
Our team at Mishra X Trial Lawyers strives to educate workplace injury victims on their rights, and recover all costs associated with these accidents. Continue reading to learn the various ways in which employers may attempt to dissuade employees from filing personal injury claims and how to approach these situations.
Downplaying the severity of injuries
One common tactic used by employers is downplaying the severity of workplace injuries. They may insist that the injury is minor and not worth pursuing legal action over, disregarding the potential long-term consequences it may have on the employee's health. In many cases, accident victims must undergo physical therapy, take medication, or pursue another form of treatment for many years following their injury. By manipulating the injured worker into feeling guilty or ashamed for seeking compensation, employers may discourage their workers from pursuing claims. If your employer is causing you to feel conflicted about whether or not you should pursue a personal injury claim, you may benefit from researching similar cases that have affected other workers in your industry.
Blaming the employee
Employers sometimes try to shift blame onto the employee, suggesting that their negligence or lack of attention caused the injury. By doing so, they hope to make the worker feel responsible for their own misfortune and discourage them from pursuing legal action. Such tactics can create a hostile work environment and undermine the employee's confidence in their right to seek compensation. If your employer is causing you to question your role in an accident that occured, speak to a work accident lawyer about the specific safety mechanisms put into place at your workplace and whether or not they were sufficient in the eyes of the law.