Any worker has anxiety about being laid off — especially in these uncertain economic times. But if you're experiencing overlapping issues of work-related injury and layoffs, your situation can become more worrisome and complicated. You may have questions about whether you qualify for continued workers' compensation benefits or severance, or if you are experiencing employment discrimination. To deal with these intertwined issues, you need the knowledgeable guidance of an experienced workers' compensation lawyer. At Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo, we can help you to understand your rights in a struggling economy.
If You've Been Laid Off While On Workers' Comp
If you've already applied for and are receiving workers' compensation benefits at the time of your layoff, you may be eligible to continue receiving these benefits, as long as your layoff wasn't "voluntary." If you are offered the option of a voluntary layoff, it is essential that you speak with a workers' compensation lawyer who can explain to you the potential financial ramifications of accepting the offer.
If You've Been Laid Off After Returning To Work
Similarly, if you have returned to work in a restricted capacity after receiving workers' compensation benefits, and your employer lays you off, you may still be eligible to receive the wage replacement benefits you received before returning to work. One of our experienced workers' comp lawyers at Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo can assess your situation and clarify your rights. Your employer may not inform you of your options regarding workers' compensation after your layoff, so it is important to get an advocate on your side who can fight to get you all the benefits to which you are entitled.
Potential Employment Discrimination
Depending on your work situation, your layoff may have violated employment law. For example, if you were laid off (or not reinstated) because of an injury or disability you sustained on the job, you may have a viable lawsuit. However, every circumstance is different, and can depend on several factors, including:
- Whether you had a contract
- Whether you were a union employee
Don't make any decisions until you speak with a knowledgeable workers' compensation lawyer who can evaluate the details of your situation and determine if you have a case. At Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo, we are on your side.
Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo was founded by a workers' compensation judge, and its attorneys have three generations of experience on their side. Let that experience work for you, too. Contact us online or call us at 570-622-8297, or toll free at 877-794-2396, to schedule an appointment in Philadelphia or in one of our 10 other locations statewide.