Anyone can suffer an injury on the job – whether they work in an office or on a construction site. If this happens to you, it is important to know your workers’ compensation benefits will continue until you can get back to work. However, what happens if your employer fires you? Will your benefits stop too?
This is an important topic for many employees – especially during times when jobs are scarce. Our attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates talk about what could happen in this situation.
If your employer fires you while you are receiving workers’ comp benefits and you need legal advice, our firm is here to help. Contact our law offices anytime, 24/7, to schedule a consultation with one of our Flint workers’ compensation attorneys. The meeting is completely free, and there is no obligation to pursue a claim.
The short answer to this question is maybe. Michigan law does not require employers to protect your job. This means if they need to fill the position at work while you are out recovering, they are within their legal rights to do so. However, in this situation, your workers’ comp benefits will likely still continue.
If you are fired through no fault of your own, then you may also be eligible to receive the value of other discontinued work benefits, such as:
Michigan is an at-will state, so your employer does not have to give you a reason for letting you go. However, there are some terminations that may be deemed as unjust, including being fired for:
In these types of situations, it is likely that your workers’ compensation benefits will continue. However, if you were fired before you filed your claim – or while it is still pending – then your application for workers’ comp benefits could be denied.
Whether or not your workers’ compensation benefits will continue after losing your job will depend on the reason for termination. There are times when workers are fired for valid reasons, which may include if you:
There may be other valid or invalid reasons for termination. If you get fired while collecting workers compensation benefits, it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Our attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates have decades of experience helping employees obtain benefits after being injured at work. We have extensive knowledge of the law and how it may apply to your workers’ compensation claim.
If your claim was denied or you were suddenly terminated, it is important to act quickly to find out if you may be eligible to continue your benefits. Contact our firm to schedule a completely free consultation – at no risk or obligation to you. If you have a case and we represent you, there are no fees or costs to pay up front.
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