We often receive a lot of important questions about workers comp law – questions that fundamentally affect an injured worker’s rights and impact his family.  One of the questions that we commonly hear is, “Can a person with a job related/workers comp injury be laid off in Philadelphia?”

The answer to that question is: no, a person with a job related/workers comp injury cannot be laid off because of his or her injury.  In other words, an employer cannot terminate an injured worker’s employment because the worker is unable to complete his or her job duties due to the work related injury.  However, if other layoffs are occurring that would include the worker even if the worker was not injured then the worker may be laid off because that dismissal would not be because of the workplace injury.

If you’ve been hurt on the job, it is important to contact a Philadelphia worker’s comp lawyer as soon as possible to make sure that all of your rights – including your right to continued employment – are protected.