Yes, except in very rare cases, your employer can fire you for any reason including leaving work due to pain from an injury. If they do that, and you are under work limitations due to the injury, then either they their insurance company would probably have to pay you workers comp disability for being out of work. Because of that, most employers will not fire you if you leave due to your injury. At least not right away.
Yes, you can be fired for leaving work due to pain. In Georgia, an at-will employment state, you can be fired for almost any reason. If you are in pain and left work because of it, you should speak to a workers' compensation attorney immediately as your right to income and medical benefits may be impacted by your termination. Feel free to call me for a free consultation.
B. Shawn Rhodes
Powers and Rhodes, LLP
Georgia is a Right to Work state. Unfortunately, you can be fired for almost any reason. The bigger question is if you are now entitled to workers' compensation benefits. I would recommend that you go back to the company doctor. If you have been fired for reasons related to the on the job injury, you could be eligible for benefits. The doctor will have to determine if you could have done the job. You are in a tricky situation because you left work. I would encourage you to discuss this with a lawyer immediately.
Unfortunately, Georgia is an "at will" employment state and they are permitted to fire you, even if you leave work because of pain. I do suggest that you speak to an attorney quickly though as you may have several other rights in regards to further medical treatment, etc. that you need to take advantage of. Please feel free to contact our firm if you have any additional questions.
You live in a right to work state, which basically means you have the right to work cheap and with very little job security. You do have legal rights under workers comp, though. The longer you wait to retain a lawyer, the harder your case will be to prove.
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