• Nov 28, 2023
  • Workers Compensation

Can You Collect Workers’ Comp After Being Fired?

can you collect workers' comp after being fired?

In general, being fired does not automatically disqualify injured workers from collecting workers’ compensation benefits if they have a valid and legitimate claim to collect workers compensation. Workers’ compensation is intended to provide benefits, medical expenses, and other medical treatment, to employees who received a workplace injury during the course of their employment, regardless of fault or employment status.

Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation:
    • To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, the injury or illness must be work-related. It’s essential to establish a clear connection between the injury or illness and the job duties performed by the injured worker.
  2. Reporting the Injury:
    • It’s crucial for an injured worker to report their work-related injury or illness to their employer promptly, regardless of their employment status. Failure to report the injury in a timely manner could affect the ability to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
  3. Timing of Firing:
    • If an employee is fired after sustaining a work injury, it’s important to consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer to determine whether the termination was related to the injury, or if it constitutes wrongful termination. In some cases, termination following a work-related injury may raise legal concerns.
  4. Pending Workers’ Compensation Claim:
    • If a workers’ comp claim is already in progress when an employee is fired, the employee may still be entitled to claim workers compensation benefits related to the existing workers’ comp claim.
  5. Retaliation Protections:
    • State laws and workers’ compensation statutes often include protections against employer retaliation. If an employee is fired in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim, or for reporting a work injury, it may be considered illegal, and the employee may have legal recourse against their former employer.
  6. Consulting with a Workers’ Compensation Attorney:
    • If there are concerns about the termination’s legality or its impact on workers’ compensation benefits, it’s advisable to consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer who is proficient in workers’ comp benefits, filing workers’ compensation claims, and employment law.

Workers’ compensation laws can vary by state, and the specific circumstances surrounding an employee’s termination can impact their eligibility for benefits. Consulting with a workers’ compensation lawyer is essential to understand the rights and options available in a particular workers’ comp situation. If an employee believes they were terminated unlawfully in connection with a workers’ compensation claim and seek post-termination defense, they may have grounds for legal action based on wrongful termination or retaliation.

“I Got Hurt At Work And They Fired Me.”

Have you said these words? Or have you heard this happening to a friend or co-worker? If you’ve been injured at work and then terminated, it’s important to understand the rights of injured workers and the potential legal implications.

  1. Workers’ Compensation Rights:
    • If a specific injury occurs while performing your job duties, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Collecting workers’ comp is a way to provide medical benefits and, in some cases, wage replacement for employees who suffer lost income due to work-related injuries or illnesses.
  2. Reporting the Injury:
    • It’s crucial to report any work injury to your employer promptly, regardless of your employment status. Failing to report the injury in a timely manner could impact your ability to claim workers’ compensation benefits.
  3. Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation:
    • Being terminated after an on-the-job injury does not automatically disqualify employees to receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Eligibility is based on the nature of the injury and the circumstances surrounding the termination.
  4. Retaliation Concerns:
    • If an injured worker believes they were terminated in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim or reporting an injury at work, it may be considered illegal. Many states have laws protecting employees from retaliation for exercising their rights under workers’ compensation laws.
  5. Documentation:
    • Injured workers should keep thorough documentation if they were injured on the job, the circumstances of their termination, and any communications with their employer. This documentation can be valuable if pursuing a claim to collect workers’ compensation.
  6. Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim:
    • File a workers’ compensation claim with your employer, or their workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
  7. Unemployment Benefits:
    • In addition to being able to collect workers’ compensation, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. The eligibility criteria for unemployment benefits can vary, so it’s recommended that injured employees speak to an employment lawyer, like the ones at Mr. Justice.

Can You Get Fired While On Workers Comp – FAQ

what happens if you quit your job while on workers’ comp in california? Quitting your job before you return to work could impact the value of your case or put an end to your ability to collect workers’ comp benefits entirely.

can a person be laid off while on workers’ comp? Being on workers’ compensation does not protect employees from being fired or laid off.

what happens if i get fired while on workers’ comp? Workers’ compensation will not end if an employee is fired. An employee will continue to receive benefits until they have recovered or reached maximum medical improvement.

can an employer terminate an employee on workers comp? An employee cannot fire an employee just for being injured, but simply being on workers’ compensation does not protect a worker from being terminated.

can you be fired for being injured on the job? Employees have legal rights and cannot be fired just for reporting a job injury.


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