It can be such a relief to have your workers’ comp benefits come through. In a perfect world, you would then be able to relax and trust that your economic needs would be met. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. For example, what happens to your benefits if you lose your job? Keep reading to get the answer. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 562-222-0146 with other questions about your workers’ compensation benefits.
What Happens to Your Workers’ Comp Benefit After You Are Laid Off?
If your company needs to cut costs and does so by laying you off, you are likely to wonder what happens to your workers’ compensation benefits. If you are not working at the time due to being injured at the workplace, you can be laid off. However, your benefits should not change. If you had returned to work and are on work restrictions, your benefits should likewise not change if you are laid off.
If you have returned to work and are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, then the workers’ compensation company is required to pay reasonable and necessary medical costs after your layoff.
What Happens to Your Workers’ Comp Benefits After You Are Fired?
It is against the law for you to be fired because you filed a workers’ compensation claim. That said, your employer might be able to fire you if you have a disability that is going to leave you unable to work for a long period of time, or if you are never going to be able to return to your current job and there is not another job you can do.
If you are fired for cause, like showing up late or not following company protocol, you might still be able to collect workers’ compensation for your workplace injury. This case can be more complicated, and it would be wise to consult a workers’ compensation attorney.
A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help You Get the Benefits You Deserve
Even when an injury is straightforward, and there are no changes to your job status, figuring out the red tape around workers’ compensation can be difficult. When you have been fired or laid off while receiving workers’ compensation benefits, the situation can be all the trickier.
In this situation, we recommend that you work with a workers’ compensation attorney that has the experience to help you through the process. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we have decades of experience helping clients like you. Call us now at 562-222-0146 to request a free legal consultation from an experienced attorney.