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May 19, 2009 1:57 PM

An employee who is laid-off may also collect workers’ compensation benefits. Because the economy that is doing poorly that doesn’t necessarily mean that an injured ordisabled worker is excluded from other benefits.

Accidents at work
An employee, who is out of work because of an injury or occupational illness, is entitled to continue to receive workers compensation benefits. In most jurisdictions, workers’ compensation benefits are paid while an employee is temporarily disabled and under active medical treatment.

Benefits are also paid for a permanent condition, whether it be partially or totally permanently disabling. There are instances when the injured worker is partially disabled that person may collect benefits even if he or she is working or receiving unemployment compensation.

Occupational exposures and illnesses
In some instances employees are exposed to deleterious substances at work by breathing or coming into contact with toxic substances. Very often it takes many years for the medical condition to manifest itself, ie. cancer, following the actual exposure. An employee may file a claim for workers compensation benefits in those instances after they have stopped work.

Each jurisdiction has time requirements under which employees must notify their employer of the accident or occupational exposure and illness. There were also time for requirements to filing claims. You should consult an attorney to discuss what needs to be done to conform with particular laws and rules.



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