When workers get laid off fear of economic uncertainty sets in and can cause them to lose sight of what they need to do either before or after the layoff. Two aspects of being laid off have to do with unemployment and workers’ compensation benefits. Attorney Phillip (fka, Schaefer) has covered unemployment benefits. Today I will cover one of the most important aspects to preserve eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. It is notice. You must put the employer on notice of your injury within 90 days of the injury. If you fail to give notice the employer can deny your claim.

So before heading out the door after a layoff consider whether you have had any work related injuries and then give your supervisor written notice, oral is fine, but if the supervisor later doesn’t remember you telling him or her, benefits can be denied. So do not procrastinate, do it today. It can be as simple as this example.

Dear (Supervisor):

I was injured on (date) at (time) when I (describe the event or activity that caused you to get injured).

Sign it (add your signature)

Keep a copy. You may or may never need this but why take the chance.

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Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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