Am I eligible?

I have been very recently terminated from my previous full-time employer of 3 years because of an accidental firearm discharge (self-inflicted wound) on company property, NOT during regular business hours or with anyone else present, but still working on the clock. Am I eligible for disability or unemployment?

2 answers  |  asked Sep 5, 2012 07:33 AM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

Answers (2)

Phyllis Towzey
Regarding unemployment, it depends upon whether the company had a policy against using a firearm on company property, and whether your use of the firearm was related to your employment. There's certainly no harm in applying for unemployment benefits and seeing what happens. Regarding whether your injury is covered by workers comp (I'm assuming that's the point of your question?), that's out of my area and you would need to consult with a workers comp attorney. I do know, however, that there are strict deadlines in the workers comp area, so you should not delay.

posted by Phyllis Towzey  |  Sep 5, 2012 09:04 AM [EST]
Arthur Schofield
Likely that you will be eligible for unemployment, but I would need more facts to give you a more definite answer. Apply. If there is a denial or challenge, we can assist you in getting those benefits. As for disability, I am not sure what you are referring to. If you were injured to the point of not being able to work again, you may be entitled to SSDI benefits, but your injuries would have to be explained in more detail.

posted by Arthur Schofield  |  Sep 5, 2012 08:57 AM [EST]  [ Best Answer - selected by asker ]

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