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Laid-Off Workers Can Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits

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

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.

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, i.e. 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 for employees to notify their employer of the accident or occupational exposure and illness. There are also time for requirements to file claims. You should consult an attorney to discuss what needs to be done to conform with particular laws and rules.

The author, Jon L. Gelman, practices law in Wayne, NJ. He is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (Thomson-Reuters). For over five decades, the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900 have represented injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

Recommended Citation: Gelman, Jon L.,  Laid-Off Workers Can Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits, (2022),

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