Unemployment Benefits

Wondering if you could receive workers’ comp with unemployment benefits? You’re not alone. Watch this video to learn about the laws in North Carolina.

Question:

Could I receive unemployment insurance benefits and workers’ comp if I’m unable to return to work?

Answer:

Recently, someone from North Carolina called me and explained to me they were receiving workers’ compensation benefits, but they were getting some negative vibes from the company nurse case manager and from the insurance adjuster. They were worried. They wanted to know if they should go ahead and apply for unemployment benefits, in the event that their workers’ comp checks got cut off.

First of all, we immediately let that person know that we needed to meet with them in person and go through these things with them in person. When you are receiving workers’ comp benefits, you’re representing to the world that you have an injury, you’re impaired, and you’re unable to work at your old job. When you apply for unemployment benefits, you’re telling the world that I can work; there’s nothing wrong with me. I just got laid off from my job because of the economy. When you apply for workers’ comp benefits or receive workers’ comp benefits and then apply for unemployment benefits, you are contradicting yourself in the legal sense.

Yes, I know you need money, but the purposes of these two programs are totally different. The message that you send is a contradiction. This contradiction can be used by your employer to cut you off in your workers’ comp case and possibly cut you off in your unemployment case.

Before you do something like that, contact our office. Let us go through your case. Let us educate you about what your rights are and about tricks and bad things that can happen if you try to file your case in the darkness and have no light to see where the holes are that you could step in. Call our office. Let us educate you, let us protect you, and let us fight for you and your family.


Were you or a loved one seriously injured at work in North Carolina and have questions about workers’ comp with unemployment benefits? Contact experienced Richmond County, NC worker’ compensation lawyer H. Bright Lindler today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

We will fight for you and your family.

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