Can I Receive Workers' Compensation if My Injury Was My Fault?
Posted By Todd Miner Law || Sep 16, 2016
Most people are aware that they can obtain workers’ compensation benefits for an injury that happened during the course of their employment. For example, if you fell from a height and fractured your leg at a construction site, or if you cut yourself with a box cutter while stocking merchandise at a retail store, you can expect that workers’ compensation will take care of your expenses.
While part of the reason for workers’ compensation is to provide benefits to injured workers regardless of who was at fault for the injury, there are still some circumstances in which an injured worker may not receive benefits.
A worker may be denied benefits for any of the following reasons:
- The injury was self-inflicted
- The injury was the result of horseplay at work
- The worker was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- The worker violated an express company safety policy
Talk to an Attorney About Your Benefits Eligibility
If your injury was deemed to have resulted from any of the above causes, you may be completely barred from receiving benefits or have your benefits drastically reduced. It is important to speak with an attorney about your specific case to ensure that you are fully aware of any and all benefits you may be entitled to. Even if you believe your injury was your fault, you may still be able to collect some benefits. Because workers’ compensation laws can be complex and each case is different, it is wise to consult with a lawyer rather than attempt to handle your case on your own.
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A work-related injury can lead to significant financial stress, especially if the injury has led to a temporary or permanent disability. Because you have a limited time to report a work-related injury after an accident, it is critical that you take immediate action to protect your claim.
Contact an Orlando workers’ compensation lawyer at Todd Miner Law as soon as possible to discuss your case. We have extensive experience handling workers’ compensation cases, so you can rest assured that we know what it takes to achieve the highest possible settlements. We have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for injured people, and we may be able to help you, too.
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