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Can you get workers’ comp benefits when you were at fault?

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

Many workers are injured every day through no fault of their own. A machine malfunctions, another employee makes a mistake, a boss doesn’t give them the right protection equipment or something else goes wrong. They had nothing to do with it, and they are clearly a victim under such circumstances.

But what about cases where they did have something to do with it? Say that you make an error on the job, you cause the accident, and then you get injured. The fault is yours, and you know it. Does this disqualify you in terms of seeking workers’ compensation benefits? After all, you’re still going to be out of work and you’re still going to have medical bills, even though the injuries were your own fault.

You can still seek workers’ compensation

The good news here is that you are absolutely not barred from seeking workers’ comp just because the fault was yours. Traditionally, these laws are set up to remove fault from the equation. As long as you were an employee and you were doing your job when you were injured, you are covered. You can get benefits to replace lost wages and cover medical bills, among other things.

Now, this process may not go as smoothly if your employer doesn’t realize that this is the case. They may tell you that you’re not entitled to benefits. Make sure that you know how the system actually works and exactly what legal steps you need to take. You don’t want to leave money on the table when you are entitled to those benefits after a workplace injury.