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How Do Layoffs and Plant Closures Impact Workers’ Compensation?


If you’ve been laid off from your job, there are a few things you should know about how it will impact your workers’ compensation claim.

The current state of the economy is having a significant impact on businesses across the country. Unfortunately, this means that layoffs and plant closures are becoming more and more common.

If you’re a worker who has been affected by a layoff or plant closure, you may be wondering how it will impact your workers’ compensation claim. Below, we discuss the effects of layoffs and plant closures on workers’ compensation claims. We’ll also provide some tips on protecting yourself in case of a layoff or plant closure.

Impact of Layoff and Plant Closure on Workers

If you’ve been laid off from your job, there are a few things you should know about how it will impact your workers’ compensation claim.

First of all, if you were injured at work before the layoff or plant closure, you are still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, you may not be eligible for benefits if you were injured after the layoff or plant closure. This is because workers’ compensation benefits are only available to employees injured while performing their job duties.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you’re receiving workers’ compensation benefits and you’re laid off, your benefits will stop. However, you may be able to continue receiving benefits if you can prove that your injury prevents you from looking for new work.

Tips for Protecting Yourself in Case of a Layoff or Plant Closure

No one wants to think about the possibility of being laid off or their plant closing, but it’s essential to be prepared for anything. Here are a few tips to help you protect yourself in case of a layoff or plant closure:

  1. Stay current on your workers’ compensation benefits: If you’re already receiving workers’ compensation benefits, make sure you stay up-to-date on your payments. This will ensure that you don’t have any gaps in coverage if you’re suddenly laid off.
  2. Keep track of your medical bills and expenses: As we mentioned earlier, it’s essential to keep track of any medical bills or other expenses related to your injury. This will help you recoup these costs if you continue receiving workers’ compensation benefits after a layoff.
  3. Stay in touch with your state’s workers’ compensation office: If you’re laid off or your plant closes, be sure to contact your state’s workers’ compensation office. They can help you determine whether or not you’re eligible for benefits and provide guidance on how to proceed with your claim.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the laws surrounding workers’ compensation to know your rights if you’re ever injured on the job.
  5. Have an emergency fund: It’s a good idea to have an emergency fund set aside in case you suddenly find yourself out of a job. This will help you cover expenses until you can find new employment.
  6. Contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options and handle your claim correctly.

We’re Here to Help You Every Step of the Way!

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, it’s essential to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The attorneys at The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. We have over 30 years of experience handling workers’ compensation claims, and we’re ready to put our knowledge and skills to work for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Updated: May 30, 2022
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