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New study analyzes fear of termination after work injury

The thought of losing a job can be an overwhelming fear for the victim of a work injury. A new study may have found a connection between anxiety of termination and the length of time a person needs to recover from a work injury. Wisconsin laws and regulations exist to help protect workers from potential employer retaliation and give a person the time and care they need to heal before returning to the workplace.

Researchers have discovered that injured employees who are in a position to claim workers’ compensation often feel anxiety regarding their decisions. Their fears include potential employer retaliation or loss of a position because of their physical injuries. A worker who is let go due to physical impairment or who experiences employer retaliation after an on-the-job injury may have questions regarding their rights as an employee.

The study found that employees who held the greatest fear of being terminated following a work accident had a less satisfactory return to the workplace than those who had confidence in their employment. In connection, researchers found that those with fears of job loss maintained a need for longer recovery time that lasted about a month longer than other victims without such fears. Executives from the Workers Compensation Research Institute believe that the better the industry understands what concerns a hurt worker has, the better they can equip medical personnel to provide necessary care.

An injured employee should be given proper time for healing and complete rehabilitation before returning to the workplace following an accident. A Wisconsin worker who experiences a work injury may have many questions and concerns regarding their benefits and state protected rights. When fear of losing a position becomes a reality, a person may seek guidance in pursuing justice and protecting their rights.

Source:, "Firing Fear Among New Predictors of Workers' Comp Outcomes: WCRI", , June 19, 2014

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