Safety violations can have a direct impact on your workers’ compensation benefits.
Have you had a chance to read our latest blog yet? If you have, then you already know that safety violations can have a big impact on your workers’ compensation benefits in Louisville. Previously, we focused primarily on how an employer’s intentional safety violation can affect your benefits, but what happens if the accident was the employee’s fault?
What happens to your workers’ compensation benefits if the accident was your fault?
Just as you have to prove that your employers’ safety violation was intentional, they have to prove that you neglected the safety procedures in place. If your employer is able to prove that, you could see a reduction in your benefits by up to 15%. Some examples of situations where the safety violation would be your fault include horseplay and being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You may also be found guilty of violating workplace safety if you fail to use a safety device that was provided by your company or if you ignore the reasonable rules and regulations in place.
Even if your accident was your fault, you should still seek workers’ compensation benefits.
You’ve earned your workers’ compensation benefits, so regardless of whether or not the accident was your fault, you should still apply to get your benefits. However, in situations like these, it is also a good idea to have an experienced attorney on your side to help you maximize your benefits. Contact us today to get started!