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Can I Apply For Unemployment Benefits if Laid Off While Injured?

| May 11, 2020 | Personal Injury

Tough times for the injured during a pandemic:

Can you apply for unemployment benefits if you are laid off while injured from an accident?

If you have been injured, you probably have many questions to ask about what to do next. You may also be looking for an experienced North Carolina injury lawyer who can help answer those questions and guide you through the process.

If you have any additional questions after reading this document about unemployment benefits, call Grimes Yeoman, PLLC., headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina 24/7 locally at 704-321-4878 or toll free 833-474-6375.

When it rains it pours! What happens if you get a call while at home recovering from injuries you received in an accident, notifying you that you are laid off and no longer have a job to return to?

In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits in North Carolina, you must be “be physically able, available and actively seeking work.” https://des.nc.gov/employers/unemployment-requirements

Obviously, this presents a problem if you are written out of work by your doctor and you cannot work at all. One way to become eligible is to call your doctor and ask if you are permitted to work with modifications or work restrictions. This is called “light duty” work. If you can return to work with physical restrictions that fits a job that is rated as light physical, and you are able to work fulltime, and actively seek employment, then you meet the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits. For more information please visit https://des.nc.gov/ and https://www.ncworks.gov  and call 833-474-6375 today, or contact us online and we’ll reach out to you.

Stay safe! Libby and Rick

Elizabeth G. Grimes

Richard Yeoman