If you were injured at work in the past and filed a claim for work-related injury compensation, then you will understand the treatment, rehabilitation and paperwork involved. Depending on the circumstances and severity of the injury and the geographic location of the work place, certain laws will certainly apply to your situation. If in the end you have to hire a legal agent to get benefits, you may resolve the conflict with your employer. The question now is whether the claim will remain in your “records”, will this adversely affect future employment?
I feel naturally worried because potential employers may view this claim in many ways:
- If you want to hold a position for an uninjured candidate, a claim may put you at a disadvantage. Even if you are in good health, an employer who has difficulty in making a bad experience with a worker and who makes a claim may hesitate to take another risk.
- The notice of claim may make others think that you are physically incapable of the job you are applying for. If your injury is serious, this may make sense.
Your “record” will always show that you have filed a claim. Insurance companies use computer databases that can store the basic facts of your claims, and will never delete the database. Only insurance companies can access this information.
If (1) you tell them, the potential employer may understand your requirements. (2) They checked the reference materials and were informed; or (3) With your consent, they obtained the previous medical records. Usually, in cases where the medical condition is part of getting a job, the prospective employer may ask for release so that they can obtain your previous medical records. You will advise them who your family doctor or primary care doctor is, and any other medical care you receive. The required period may vary, but it is about five years. Therefore, if your claim is 15 years ago, it is highly unlikely.
what should you do?
The idea of refusing to work based on past “work injury compensation” cases may make you worry, but in fact, unless you are still injured and unable to perform new work, there may be no reason to worry.
If you are asked about this in your job application, my advice is to be honest. When you are honest with your history, you will have a better chance to move on.