Will my Virginia unemployment benefits affect my workers’ compensation benefits?

A: Yes, your Virginia unemployment benefits will be affected by your workers’ Compensation benefits and vice versa.

  • If you are totally incapable of working, you will not be entitled to unemployment benefits.
  • If your Virginia workers’ compensation claim was denied and you have been given light duty work restrictions, you might be entitled to unemployment benefits.
  • If you were laid off or if your employer cannot accommodate your light duty work restrictions, then you can pursue unemployment benefits.
  • However, if you eventually win workers’ compensation benefits for periods in which you collected unemployment benefits, it will be mandatory for you to pay back the unemployment benefits to the Virginia Employment Commission.

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The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia workers’ compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.