If you were careless and suffered a workplace injury that was your fault, you still have a right to receive Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ Compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that employers carry these benefits to protect workers that become injured on the job. The employer is not deemed negligent for the injuries that occur at their work site. As long as you were doing something work-related when the workplace injury occurred, you most likely qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
However, there are some exceptions where you may not be able to recover Workers’ Compensation benefits for a workplace injury. If you were under the influence of a substance like as drugs or alcohol when the workplace injury occurred, you will most likely not be eligible for benefits. Another exception is if you purposely violate workplace policy. If you suffer a workplace injury while engaging in an activity that is against company rules, then you may be denied benefits.
If you have questions about your eligibility for Workers’ Compensation benefits, contact a Workers’ Compensation attorney. If you live in Virginia, contact the Injured Workers Law Firm. Attorney Michele Lewane has more than 20 years of experience handling Workers’ Compensation claims. Contact her today at (804) 755-7755 and order her free guide, Ultimate Guide to Worker’s Compensation in Virginia.