Claiming for worker’s compensation
A lot of people don’t realize they have a worker’s compensation claim, because they think a claim means that their employer did something wrong. However, a valid claim doesn’t require proof that the employer did anything wrong, only that the employee was hurt because of their work-related duties. So a nurse with a bad back after years of lifting patients or a construction worker with bad knees after years of hard labor on the job, both would have a valid claim.
Can I File a Claim After I’ve Been Fired or Resigned From My Job?
Generally, you have to file a workers’ compensation claim before you were fired, laid off or voluntarily quit. However, you can still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you can show at least one of the following
Employer Knew of Your Injury Before Termination or Layoff
Injury Occurred between Your Notice of Termination and the Last Day of Work
You Received Medical Attention for the Injury before Termination or Layoff
You Became Aware of Cumulative Trauma Injury after Termination or Layoff