Workers compensation claims are the bane of every employer. Most companies have established protocols for dealing with injured employees, protocols that should be followed. Be aware that a retaliation suit may result if at some later time you have to discipline or discharge an employee who filed a workers compensation claim. The most vulnerable times are within a few months of the injury or while a claim is being litigated.
There are certain fundamental things that you should not do to minimize the risk of litigation:
Do not criticize the employee directly because of her injury or make remarks to others about the injury unless criticism is warranted because of some safety violation.
If a safety ...