Layoffs After A Work Injury

By Peter J. Gough, Esq.

Very frequently injured workers return to work following a work injury. Upon return to work, the worker may still be under a doctor's restrictions or, because of the work injury, may not be able to perform even one aspect of their preinjury job. If the worker is then laid off, the worker may be entitled to reinstatement of workers' compensation wage loss benefits.

As long as the work injury imposes restrictions or causes an inability to perform even a single work duty, the workers' compensation law considers this worker to be at a disadvantage as compared to noninjured workers. This is so, regardless of whether the worker is laid off for economic reasons or because of the work injury, or for any reason (other than willful misconduct).

The fact that the laid-off worker collects unemployment benefits does not preclude the reinstatement of workers' compensation benefits.

If you have sustained a work injury and have been laid off, give us a call. We can help. Email a Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorney now, or call us at 724-837-0080 in Greensburg or toll free at 888-534-6016.

For more information on Pennsylvania workers' compensation, please visit our expansive Workers' Compensation Information Center or our Workers' Compensation Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information on Social Security, please visit our expansive Social Security Information Center or our Social Security Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information on Pennsylvania personal injury, please visit our expansive Personal Injury Information Center.

Related articles:

Hearing Loss May Be a Work Injury

I Can't Return To My Job... What Now?

How Workers' Compensation Benefits Are Calculated

Get In Touch Today

Get In Touch Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

map-img

Our Practice Range

Serving Southwestern Pennsylvania with offices in Westmoreland, Allegheny, and Blair Counties.

  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • WILG
  • NOVA
  • NOSSCR
address-1

Greensburg Office:
550 East Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA 15601

Toll Free: 888-534-6016
Phone: 724-221-3191
Fax: 724-837-1348
Greensburg Law Office Map

Pittsburgh Office:
941 Penn Avenue
Suite 101
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-391-2800
Pittsburgh Law Office Map

Latrobe Office:
816 Ligonier Street
First Floor
Latrobe, PA 15650

Phone: 724-539-2841
Latrobe Law Office Map

Altoona Office:
615 Howard Avenue
Suite 210
Altoona, PA 16601

Phone: 814-656-0065
Fax: 814-656-0066
Altoona Law Office Map

address-2
address-3
address-4
  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • WILG
  • NOVA
  • NOSSCR